MENDOTA – The 2020 recipient of the Mendota High School Arion Award is Noah DeLong, son of Michael and Janet DeLong.
The Arion Award is to recognize a senior choir student for outstanding achievement in choral music. The recipient must exhibit the following qualities: cooperation over and above normal duties, musicianship and performance, attendance, ambition, diligence, inspiration to others, personal habits and someone who is best qualified to carry on the best traditions of Mendota High School. The candidate must have at least a 3.0 cumulative average in school.
DeLong’s accomplishments include eight semesters in Concert Choir, Choir President, Madrigal Singer (11, 12) also Madrigal King, ILMEA Senior Chorus (11, 12), ILMEA All-State Honors Chorus (11), ILMEA All-State Chorus (12), BNC Choir (10, 12), Masterwork Project (Mozart Requiem) with Cor Cantiamo (9), IHSA Solo and Ensemble Contest (five Best of the Day Awards, nine first-place ratings), Show Choir Combo-Drums (10, 11, 12), The Little Mermaid (Sailor and member of Chorus), Little Shop of Horrors, Audrey II, National Anthem Singer at MHS sporting event – 2018 and We the Least Christian rock band member.