Six East Ridge High School students and one Woodbury High School student earned Scholars of Distinction honors from the Minnesota Department of Education.

The recipients accepted their awards at a ceremony May 18 at the Perpich Center for Art Education in Golden Valley.

The program recognizes distinguished achievement by students in leadership, mathematics, science, social studies, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), and theater arts.

Four students from East Ridge High School earned the Theater Arts Scholars of Distinction Award, including:

• Elizabeth Avery for her acting/musical theater project, "A Commitment to Collaboration and Captivating Characterization."

• McCrossen Schiller his acting/musical theater project, "Excavating the Depth and Complexity of Comedic Characters."

• Nolan Sherburne for his technical theater/scenic design project, "Finding One's Place in and through Theatrical Design."

• Ethan Williams for his acting/musical theater project, "Inspiring Hope through the Power of Performance."

Two East Ridge High School students earned the Theater Arts Meritorious Performance Award, including:

• Allison Colberg for her directing project, "Activating Theater's Healing Potential for Artists and Audiences."

• Meghan Horan for her acting project, "Creating Authentic Characters, Exploring the Authentic Self."

Manashree Padiyath from Woodbury High School earned the Science Scholar of Distinction Award for her project, "Thyme and Thyme again! Investigation of Synergistic Antimicrobial Activity of Thymus Vulgaris Essential Oil in Combination with 'Superfood' Essential Oils."