MENDOTA - Mendota High School senior Natalie Landgraf has been announced as the 2018 recipient of the Arion Award. Each year the Arion Award is given to an outstanding senior MHS choir member who has contributed the most to the choral organization throughout their high school years. The award recognizes outstanding interest and achievement in vocal music.
Characteristics expected of an Arion Award recipient are better than average scholastic standing, cooperation over and above normal duties, general musicianship, music performance, attendance, ambition, diligence, inspiration to others, good personal habits and qualifications necessary to carry on the best traditions of Mendota High School.
Natalie is the daughter of Mitch and Tammy Landgraf. She has been active in all aspects of choral music at MHS. She has participated in choir (eight semesters) and served as president this year. She was a four-year member of Madrigals, soloist two years, and performing in the role of queen her senior year. Landgraf is a two-year member of the MHS Show Choir and Show Choir soloist (two years).
She participated in Jazz Choir all four years, ILMEA Jr. Chorus (freshman), ILMEA Sr. Chorus (three years), All-State Honors Chorus (junior, senior), BNC Chorus (sophomore), and has had private voice study.
She was a cast member of "The Addams Family" (chorus-principal dancer), and "The Little Mermaid" (Ursula).
Natalie was also on the honor roll (four years), a member of the National Honor Society (junior, senior), Top 10 and Valedictorian.
She also served on her church choir for four years.
In the fall, Natalie will attend Western Illinois University’s College of Business and Technology in their integrated business major and nationally-ranked Supply Chain Management M.B.A. program. Entering Western with 40 college credits completed through IVCC, Natalie will earn both a Bachelor’s Degree and a master’s degree in three and ½ years of study, including a semester abroad. Natalie aims to be a Supply Chain Engineer, Executive, or Logistics Manager for an international corporation.
Natalie will be presented with the award at the 33rd Annual Pops ’N Pasta Dinner and Concert on Saturday, May 12 at MHS. Tickets are available at Sports-N-Stuff in downtown Mendota. The dinner will take place from 5-7 p.m. in the MHS cafeteria. Cost is $9 for adults and $5 for children under 12. The meal is an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner, which includes Avanti’s famous spaghetti and Italian bread, salad, pie and coffee, tea, lemonade or milk. Advance tickets for the dinner are not required as any patron may purchase a meal that evening.
The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the MHS auditorium. The performance is free, but all seats are reserved. Tickets for seats are also available at Sports-N-Stuff.