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Bijou Awards

The Bijou Awards has been honoring great young artistic talent in the Knoxville area since 2013. Originally created as a way to bring a new generation of people into the historic Bijou Theatre in downtown Knoxville, the Bijou Awards has grown into a nine county search to find the best singers, actors, writers and film makers from all of the area high schools and middle schools. The search culminates in one spectacular show in which the best in each category get their chance to perform in front of a live audience and the crown as the East Tennessee area’s top artistic talent. Winners receive $1000 and an additional $500 will be given back to the teacher from their school! The top 5 in the following categories will perform on stage that evening.

* indicates the winners

Rising Stars

* Mary Claire Carter – Farragut Middle

Zoya Khan – Maryville Junior High

Isabella Murrell – Grace Christian Middle

Hunter Troutt – Grace Christian Middle

Marian Vacaliuc – Jefferson Middle

Male Actors

Taylor Drake – Maryville 

Colton Gentry – Loudon 

Yahyaa Jahangir – Bearden

*Benjamin Prager – Hardin Valley

Jonathan Tison – Homeschool

Female Actors 

Nesma Abdelnabi – Bearden 

Sydney Clancy – Catholic 

*Catyana Davis – Austin East 

Anna Heneise – Austin East

Hannah Sloas – Grace Christian Academy


Male Singers

Matthew Cleveland – Grace Christian Academy

Andrew Howard – West

Alexander Lee – Webb

Grant Malone – Bearden

*Ja Thomas – North View Academy

Female Singers

Olivia da Ponte – Webb

Caris Morgenegg – Bearden

Shelby Rodgers – Grace Christian Academy

*Sydni Stinnett – Karns

Olivia Williams – CAK

For questions, please call or email Jay Apking at 865-599-6710 or japking@aol.com

New Category

Short Film – “A Comic Twist on Your Favorite Movie Scene”

Take a famous movie scene or your favorite scene and rewrite it, cast it and reshoot it on any video recording device.

Three Categories for Recognition in Short Film:


Most Creative

Technological Achievement

New Category

Photography – “Your Hometown in One Picture”

Take a photo of your area of life that best shows the world you live in. 

Attach your photo to an email to Frank@fleetwoodphoto.com

Please put “Bijou Awards” in the subject line of all submissions.