Students in Josh Long’s stage productions are regularly honored with standing ovations. This time, the applause is for him.
Long, the drama teacher at Hillcrest High School, has been selected as the recipient of the Utah High School Activities Association’s 2012 Distinguished Service Award for Theater Teacher of the Year. The UHSAA accepts nominations from all regions in the state and then selects the top recipient for the award in each category. Long was nominated by Principal Sue Malone and confirmed by the Region 7 Board of Managers as their nomination to the UHSAA for this prestigious honor.
Long has been one of the driving forces behind Hillcrest’s powerhouse theater program. Rare are the high school programs that can successful produce, season after season, multiple Broadway musicals, classic American plays and championship Shakespeare Teams.
Long will be honored at a Jan. 16, 2013 awards luncheon at the Willow Creek Country Club.