Although the main event was canceled this year, two Patapsco High School students were honored by the Maryland Public High School Dance Showcase last week.

Ava Piatt of Patapsco High was named as one of 25 all-state dancers by the showcase, and fellow Patriot Jalen Johnson was named as one of four Honorable Mention dancers, according to a press release from Baltimore County Public Schools.

The showcase event is usually held each January at Goucher College, but was canceled for 2022 due to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases. Auditions were held virtually this year.

Piatt and Johnson were among five county students who received honors from the showcase this year. Mackenna Bonner, Jade Mathis, and Isla Naraval of Hereford High School were also named all-state dancers.

“We are very proud of our BCPS dancers who were recognized as all-state and honorable mention for the 2021-2022 school year,” Sonia Synkowski, a dance resource teacher for the county school system, said in the release. “Their dedication to the art form and continued excellence is to be celebrated.”

The auditions being virtual for the first time had “some silver linings,” Suzanne E. Henneman, co-chair of the Maryland Public High School Dance Showcase, said.

“The adjudicators were very impressed with the students’ work,” Henneman said, adding that the judges “asked me to extend their accolades to the dancers for taking the time to learn, practice, and videotape their audition material. There were many different choices for student spaces and the adjudicators did note and acknowledge the variety of challenges the students faced. They also enjoyed the opportunity to review each dancer individually and focus in on each dancer.”