At the end of the current school year, SAS awarded six scholarships for $1,500 each to graduating seniors at Marble Falls High School and Lake Travis High School. The seniors were selected for their academic achievement and interest in furthering their education in the Arts. The following students are recipients of our 2015 scholarships:
Marble Falls High School
Mr. Nathan Haywood – Nathan plans to attend either Texas State University or the University of North Texas where he will be studying Theatre. He has been actively involved in theatre and improvisational troupes during his four years of high school and has served as the Marble Falls Theatre Department President during his senior year.
Mr. Cobey Lusinger – Cobey will attend Parsons The New School for Design in New York City where he is planning on studying communication design in hopes of becoming a professional designer in digital communication. Some of the artistic genres into which Cobey has delved are piano, high school musicals, short films, calligraphy, and year book design and editing.
Mr. Aiden Park – Aiden plans on studying journalism at either the University of Texas at Austin or Texas Tech University. After being inspired by his studies in his freshman photojournalism class, Aiden went on to serve as the Photography Editor of the yearbook his sophomore and junior years at Marble Falls High.
Lake Travis High School
Ms. Emma Highland – Emma has been accepted and is committed to attend Allegheny College where she will major in English and minor in music with the intention of going into the newspaper/journalism/book editing field. She has received numerous awards for piano, choir, dance, and literary writing during her high school years.
Ms. Brooke Miller – Brooke will be attending Sam Houston State University where she will one of the 30 selected out of a field of 250 to be part of their prestigious dance program. Her goal is to become a dancer and/or dance studio owner. She will minor in Biology in order to pursue her interest in the human body and healthcare as it relates to dancers and athletes.
Mr. Mason Johnston – Mason plans on attending either the University of Texas at Austin or Trinity College pursuing a master’s degree in music education in order to become a music teacher. During the last four years, Mason has received honors for his dedication to the school’s marching band, wind ensemble, drum and bugle corps, jazz band and orchestra.
On Friday, May 8, 2015, john Arthur Martinez, a wonderful singer and songwriter from the Marble Falls area, entertained the students at Spicewood Elementary in SAS organized event. Along with fiddler extraordinaire, Kurt Baumer, and drummer Luiz Coutinho de Souza, john Arthur provided a variety of sing-a-longs, lessons on rhythms, poetry and different kinds of music to the students ranging from 1st though 5th grades.
This performance was sponsored by Elizabeth Blount Consulting and the Pedernales Electric Cooperative.
On October 17, 2014, Spicewood area storyteller, Dr. Donna Ingham, settled into the library at the new West Cypress Hills Elementary School, and spent the day entertaining the students and staff with her wonderful stories. Dr. Ingham catered her stories to each grade level and accompanied the narratives with her guitar, a cowbell and a washboard.
Dr. Ingham’s performance was sponsored by SAS.
In 2014, Lake Travis High School senior Anneka Decaro wanted to give back to the school and community that provided her with many opportunities to further her art skills as part of her senior honors project. She inspired her fellow students to create art and write narratives for a book depicting life on Lake Travis. The proceeds from the book benefit the Lake Travis Education Foundation. The Lake Travis Education Foundation provides art supplies and teaching materials to the Lake Travis Independent School District.
SAS sponsored two pages with a donation of $500 to the Art Book Project. The Art Book, “A Visual Bliss” can be purchased for $35 by emailing Christina McDonald at firstname.lastname@example.org or by stopping into the Arts Society’s “Home for the Arts” in Spicewood where we have several copies available for purchase.