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Monticello’s Josh St. Hill Selected as Section 2 Recipient of NFHS National High School Heart of the Arts Award


INDIANAPOLIS, IN (March 12, 2018) —Joshua St. Hill, a student at Charlottesville (Virginia) Monticello High School, has been selected as the 2018 Section 2 recipient of the “National High School Heart of the Arts Award” by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).

The National High School Heart of the Arts Award was created by the NFHS to recognize those individuals who exemplify the ideals of the positive heart of the arts that represent the core mission of education-based activities. This is the fifth year that the National High School Heart of the Arts Award has been offered.

Hill, who is a 16-year-old African-American, found himself disturbed and frightened by the past year’s spate of racist rhetoric, police brutality and incivility. In April 2017, he began writing a one-act play entitled, “A King’s Story.” Following the events of July and August 2017 in Charlottesville in which white supremacists invaded the town – leaving one person dead and 19 injured – St. Hill began to edit the play to reflect the horror of the community.

St. Hill studied those events and others that led up to them. The result of his research is a beautiful, nuanced story that does not offer simplistic solutions, nor does it reduce the issues to black and white.

St. Hill’s play was awarded numerous honors at both the Virginia Theatre Association Conference and the Virginia High School League competition held at Monticello High School, and he received best actor awards at both the sub-regional and regional competitions held at Turner Ashby High School. An honor student who takes AP classes and maintains a 3.8 grade-point average, St. Hill has been a member of the track and basketball teams in past years and is now focusing on his writing and performance. He plans to attend college and to pursue writing and performing.

For more information on Monticello’s Theatre program, please contact Madeline Michel at