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The Best Of John's Journal From 2020-21/ No. 2: National Honor For Kylen Running Hawk

Posted: Tuesday, July 13, 2021 - 10:53 PM

As I wrote in the previous post, it was extremely difficult to decide on the order of the top John’s Journal stories from 2020-21. Today we announce No. 2 on my list, and it is a story that began in January, took a step toward the national stage in March and culminated in a big event in Florida in the final week in June.

Kylen Running Hawk, a member of the Class of 2021 at Morris Area High School, was named Minnesota’s Heart of the Arts Award winner in January. Kylen was active in many school activities, including choir, theater, speech and mock trial. He found his passion in the performing arts despite a language barrier, hearing loss and other obstacles. Kylen plans to study education in college, with an emphasis on choir and theater, with hopes of teaching those art forms to Native American students.

In the weeks following Kylen’s Minnesota award, he was named the national winner of the Heart of the Arts Award by the National Federation of State High School Associations. This is a tremendous honor for a tremendous young man. 

Everything culminated when Kylen, joined by his family, was honored at the annual NFHS summer meeting in Orlando, Florida.

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Click here to read about Kylen’s national honor:


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