Four area high school seniors receive fine arts scholarships

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By Shawn Kirkpatrick
Opelika Observer

The Arts Association of East Alabama (AAEA) presented its Fine Arts and Visual Arts Scholarships last Tuesday to four high school seniors after their final auditions and interviews. AAEA has awarded annual scholarships since 1966. In 1983 the $1,000 scholarships have been awarded to only high school seniors who are pursuing the arts.
“Having this scholarship means I will be able to pay for my education and be in theater and fine arts,”
Opelika High School (OHS) Senior Jaylen Williams said. “I really like theater. I plan on being in plays and musicals.”
OHS Senior Brighton Gregory said she’s been playing the French Horn since fifth grade. She will be attending Auburn University in the fall. ”I’m planning on playing in various ensembles and marching band (at AU). The scholarship means I will be able to further my education and my purpose and my calling.”
Associate Professor of Trumpet at Auburn University Dr. Mark DeGoti was the soul juror for the Fine Arts auditions. Printmaking Instructor at Auburn University Andy Holliday was the juror for the Visual Arts audition. Receiving the scholarships in the Performing Arts category:
Abby Esco, Lee Scott Academy, Earl Peacock Scholarship
Brighton Gregory, Opelika High School, Carrie Samford Giles Scholarship Jaylen Williams, Opelika High School, Spann-Freeman Scholarship
Visual Arts Category: Sarah Elizabeth Brown, Trinity Christian School, received the Tom Woodward Scholarship.

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