CCAC Announces Scholarship Winners

Thursday, May 21, 2015
Connor Boyster of Piggott High School

Members of the Clay County Arts Council gathered on Thursday, May 7, to award their annual Arts Scholarships to students within the county. Each year students from Rector, Piggott and Corning are encouraged to apply for these awards, and have the chance to attend workshops provided by the council.

Council board member Jane Gatewood provided the format, and instructions, for those apply at the three county schools earlier in the school year. "We were a bit disappointed in the low number of students who turned in applications," noted CCAC president Gail Burns. "However, the applications were very much improved over the past years in the quality of presentation--we have some fantastic students to honor this year with our awards."

This year's scholarship recipients include Seth Garrett McAfee of Rector, Jacob Lawrence Hadley of Corning and Connor Logan Boyster of Piggott.

Seth McAfee of Rector High School

McAfee, the son of Katrina and John Spicer, plans to minor in music education and participate in the ASU band program, now that he has completed his years at RHS. He was recipient of the Demetra Shultz Community Service Scholarship for $750.

Hadley, the son of Richard and Amy Hadley, plans to major in Graphic art design as he will be attending Lyon College. He was recipient of a CCAC $750 arts scholarship.

And, the top scholarship award winner this year is Connor Logan Boyster, son of Sherry and Donovan Boyster. "Connor plans to attend ASU and major in music education," Burns noted of the recipient. "And, this will allow him to continue to give back to his community by providing education to others, and continuing this great talent of the arts."

Jacob Hadley of Corning High School

Boyster is the recipient of a $750 CCAC arts scholarship from the organization, and the 2015 Joey Pruett Music Scholarship in the amount of $500.

"We are very excited to be able to honor these young talents at our upcoming Celebration of the Arts, set for June 6," Burns added. "During the celebration we'll also be honoring our community leaders, Barbara Hamilton and Don and Janet Roeder."

Tickets for the celebration are currently on sale, and are available at Honeysuckle and Home and Above and Beyond in Rector; Lolly's, Suzy's and Madpie's in Piggott and Shabby Chic in Corning.

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