For the first time in 10 years, no Mid-Columbia high schools won a 5th Avenue Theatre High School Musical award.
But Richland High School did take home the Educational Impact Award for the school's anti-bullying program and its production of Honk!
However, there were plenty of nominations for Richland, Hanford, Kiona-Benton City, Grandview and Sunnyside high schools. Fifteen to be exact.
And though it was disappointing not to win best overall production, actor, actress or direction, the students were thrilled just to have been nominated, said Ellicia Elliott, Richland High's drama director.
"I am so proud of how our students represented Richland High," she said. "And very proud of how all of the high schools nominated from Eastern Washington represented our side of the state.
"(Yakima's) Eisenhower High School's performance of The Boyfriend was amazing."
The 5th Avenue Theatre celebrated its 10th anniversary at the Monday night ceremony and invited several former winners from high schools across the state, including Mid-Columbia schools.
"What was really special, and very inspiring for me personally, was to see both current and past students of mine perform in the awards ceremony," Elliott said.
"Successful alumni from the nominated high schools performed and presented awards. Two of my former students, Lauren Smith, who is now the company manager for 5th Avenue Theatre, and Andy Reinhardt, who is now acting with the Actors Theatre of Louisville, represented Richland High on the stage this year."
Richland High earned four nominations and two honorable mentions, including sophomore Rachel Firen Hodges's best actress nomination and Ethan Dodd's best actor nomination and Grayson Stamps's best actor in a non-singing role nomination.
Hanford High earned three nominations and four honorable mentions.
Grandview High and Sunnyside High each had one nomination, with Grandview also earning an honorable mention.
Grandview's Catalina Pacheo was nominated for best actress for her portrayal of Mrs. Mullin in the school's production of Carousel, and in the same category Alyson Spidel from Sunnyside earned a nomination for her role as Patty Simcox in Grease.
Ki-Be's Brook Hirschi also earned an honorable mention for her portrayal of Milly in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.
Elliott had her students visit local elementary schools and used the story of The Ugly Duckling to work with students on how to prevent bullying at their school.
"We donated a copy of The Ugly Duckling book to the library of every school we visited," she added. "And we also performed a free school show of Honk! for elementary age students in the Tri-Cities."
Hanford High drama director Matt Leggett said his students always have a great time at the 5th Avenue Theatre Awards, whether they win or lose.
"They did have a great time," he said. "We had two students from each of our shows, Really Rosie and The Music Man, perform Can't Stop the Beat from Hairspray (at the ceremony.)
"It was a great experience to be on a professional stage, thinking of sharing the stage with all the great productions that have been done there.
"The speed at which they were asked to learn the choreography let them know what it might be like to go into this profession. They also had fun working with fellow drama students from around the state."