By Jane Lethlean

A second-year student at Highland, Josh Naujokas of Freeport wants to study the performing arts and is looking to further his academic career beyond Highland at a college in the Chicago area. 

As a recipient of the Friends of the Fine Arts scholarship in the spring, Naujokas has thrown himself not only into his studies at Highland, but into involvement with forensics, music, and theatre. He was awarded the bronze medal for Impromptu Speaking at the National Phi Rho Pi Forensics Tournament last spring in Washington, D.C.

Naujokas loves the opportunities he has had to develop as an artist at Highland. A composer of music, he wrote an original composition for the Highland Theatre Department’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” for the stage production in March.

“I never thought I would be at this point in my life where I can be part of theatre, music, and forensics,” Naujokas said. “Highland’s music and theatre programs are incredible, and they have given me the knowledge that I need to pursue a career in the performing arts.” 

Music is Naujokas’ passion. He writes music in his free time, composing each day.

Highland theatre instructor Laura Early said she knew of Naujokas’ musical abilities and asked him to write the original musical composition for “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

“Josh is incredibly talented and very humble about his accomplishments. The music he composed showcased his talent,” Early said.

“I will continue to stay involved with all aspects of the performing arts here at Highland,” Naujokas said. “I look forward to a new season with forensics, developing my music, and staying involved with theatre.”