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Within the categories of Digital Media, Literary, Performing Arts & Visual Art students will be awarded cash prizes, medals and/or trophies based on placement.  Nominee awards are decided on by a team of local judges that are experts within each category.

Prizes are as follows:

  • 1st place – $1,000, medal(s), trophy (traveling)
  • 2nd place – $500, medal(s)
  • 3rd place – $300, medal(s)
  • Honorable Mention – Certificate
  • Gary W. Ostrom Showstopper Award for Performing Arts – $1000

While we recognize winners in each category, celebration, not competition, is our main objective.  Every student that is nominated for Showcase, is a winner.  All of the students’ nominees had a vision within their category and were dedicated to their craft which helped get them to where they are today.

2021 Show Night Assignments

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

  • Artios of Grand Haven
  • Fruitport High School
  • Hart High School
  • Hesperia High School
  • Muskegon Catholic Central High School
  • North Muskegon High School
  • Orchard View High School
  • Pentwater High School
  • Spring Lake High School
  • Whitehall High School

Thursday, May 27, 2021

  • Calvary Christian School
  • Fremont High School
  • Holton High School
  • Mason County Central High School
  • Mona Shores High School
  • Montague High School
  • Muskegon High School
  • Oakridge High School
  • Reeths-Puffer High School
  • Western Michigan Christian High School

Not Represented On Stage

NOTE: Due to COVID-19 mitigation measures, only schools that have performing arts nominees will be presented on the Frauenthal stage.

  • Careerline Tech Center (Ottawa County)
  • Grand Haven High School
  • Grant High School
  • Muskegon County Homeschool (Clyde Kelly)
  • Mason County Eastern High School
  • Ravenna High School
  • Shelby High School
  • Walkerville High School
  • White Cloud High School

Statement on Showcase 2020 & Coronavirus Pandemic

After much discussion, the Showcase Production Team has decided to cancel the Performing Arts Competition for 2020.

The production team has delayed making a decision in the fervent hope that there would be a way to hold the performing arts competition this year. Unfortunately, we have reviewed the options and we do not believe there is a safe, equitable way to do so.

We have released the script of our show in order to share the amazing accomplishments of these students who will unfortunately not be recognized on the Frauenthal Theater stage. On our website you can also view the entries for Digital Media Arts, Literary Arts, and Visual Arts. You will also find the pages of our program highlighting the accomplishments of the 2020 Academic and Athletic Honorees.

Keep an eye out for an announcement video soon as we celebrate the artists and winners in the areas of Digital Media Arts, Literary Arts, and Visual Arts. Judging for these categories was held before the “Stay home. Stay safe.” order went into effect.

Thank you for your support. We look forward to presenting a spectacular show in 2021 as we celebrate the 40th anniversary of West Michigan Student Showcase!

Showcase Production Team

Dr. John Severson, MAISD Superintendent
Joel B. Selby, Executive Producer
Kathryn L. Nash, Producer
Andrew J. Zahrt, Director
Nick Bessinger, Technical Director
Jennifer LaChapelle, Stage Manager
Jan Olsen, Hospitality Manager

2020 Save the Dates

Show Night Assignments will be announced on February 11, 2020.

Visual Arts Exhibition will run March 2 through 29, 2020

Showcase 2020 will take place on Wednesday, March 18, and Thursday, March 19, 2020, at the Frauenthal Center!