Ben Hinkie, a 2014 Grace Community School graduate, was selected as the TAPPS 4A Male Fine Arts Student of the Year.
Hinkie participated in drumline, drama and choir all four years of high school and has demonstrated leadership in each of these areas, according to a Grace Community School news release.
He was part of the 4A state runner-up show for the one-act play contest and received Honorable Mention at the district level.
His accomplishments include advancing to the finals in duet acting at the State Academic Meet; being a member of the State Champion Grace Ashira Concert Choir, which received top ratings; and receiving first division ratings in show choir, Cougar Chorale and the men's quartet.
Hinkie received first division ratings as part of a percussion ensemble and was the Grace drumline’s quints line captain. He also played percussion at state with the school’s full orchestra.
In addition, Hinkie is a National Merit Scholarship Finalist and has served for four years as a leader and buddy in the Fearfully and Wonderfully Made Company, a special-needs performing arts program.
Hinkie said he was honored to be nominated for the award and surprised to be selected.
There are 48 schools in the TAPPS 4A district and each school can nominate one male and one female student for the award.
Hinkie said through his participation in fine arts organizations, he has learned how to sacrifice himself for the benefit of the whole ensemble or company.
Delisa Bice, Grace Community School’s fine arts department chairwoman and a theater teacher, said Hinkie is deserving of this award.
“In everything he does, he’s outstanding and a leader and just committed, excellent,” she said. “We’re really excited that he got the award.”
Hinkie plans to attend Abilene Christian University in the fall and study Biblical languages.