Southmoore’s Mewhorter Selected as the HOTA Section 6 Award Winner

MOORE, Okla. (April 26, 2022) — Southmoore High School Director of Bands Adam Mewhorter has been named winner of the Heart of The Arts Award for Section 6 by The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). Section 6 includes Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado and Arkansas.

“I am honored to be recognized by the NFHS as the Section 6 HOTA award winner. I'm grateful to teach wonderful students in a fantastic community and I am humbled by this recognition,” said Mewhorter. Adam Mewhorter HOTA 2022

According to the NFHS, Mewhorter has established a culture of excellence as head director of bands at Southmoore. A winner of multiple local- and state-level teacher and bandmaster of the year awards, Mewhorter consistently guides his ensembles to superior ratings. He has led three Oklahoma Music Educators Association honor groups and has turned the Southmoore marching band into a regular finalist at the Oklahoma Bandmasters Association State Championship.

NFHS also notes that for the past two years, Mewhorter has taken his servant leadership to the next level in helping create an authentic high school marching band experience for a trumpeter with Spinal Bifida. Rather than resigning the wheelchair-bound student to playing from the sidelines, Mewhorter pushes the student’s wheelchair on the field during performances and works with choreographers to design routines that ensure his student has ample space and is synchronized within formations.

Mewhorter has taught for 22 years, 17 of them with Moore Public Schools. He has been with Southmoore since it opened in 2008 and was with Moore High School for three years prior to that. 

Nominations for this award were generated through NFHS member state associations and reviewed by the NFHS National High School Heart of the Arts Award Selection Committee composed of state association staff members. While the national winner is recognized in June at the NFHS Summer Meeting in San Antonio, the section winners are recognized within their respective states and receive awards before the end of the current school year.

According to the NFHS website, The Heart of the Arts Award is annually conferred to eight section recipients and one national recipient. Winners must be individuals from a high school and who are members of an NFHS-member athletic or activity association. Awards are determined by the NFHS Heart of the Arts Award Selection Committee.

The NFHS, based in Indianapolis, Indiana, is the national leadership organization for high school sports and performing arts activities. Since 1920, the NFHS has led the development of education-based interscholastic sports and performing arts activities that help students succeed in their lives. For more information, visit the NFHS website

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