For Starkville Daily News
Recent Starkville High School graduate Laura Kathryn Lindsay has become the latest recipient of Starkville Community Theatre’s Mary Eleanor Anderson Scholarship.
She joins previous winners Cooper Kennard and Nathan Ford among 2011 awardees. She enters the University of Mississippi theatre program this fall. Kennard is a rising junior at the University of Alabama; Ford is a rising sophomore at the University of Mississippi.
The endowed Anderson scholarship honors the late Marty Eleanor Anderson, a charter member of SCT. “She held many offices and was a significant factor in the growth and success of the organization,” SCT President Alison Stamps noted.
Lindsay’s references cited her extensive experience in all aspects of acting, technical work, writing, and, as a counselor in MSU’s Summer Scholars Theatre Camp. At Mississippi, she will double major, in theatre and accounting.
“Laura Kathryn’s recommendations repeatedly emphasized her ability, energy, maturity, splendid experience, and versatility,” Paula C. Mabry, Anderson Scholarship Selection Committee chair, stated. “Her work ethic, poise, willingness to take on challenging assignments, perseverance, and academic record combine to make her a particularly outstanding recipient of the award.”
Lindsay had an ACT composite score of 35 and a 3.96/4.0 grade point average at SHS. She was Salutatorian of her class. She is the daughter of Gaye Lindsay.
Kennard is now a three-time winner of the Anderson Scholarship. He was selected in 2009 for the Musical Theatre program at Alabama through highly competitive auditions in acting, singing, and dance.
A Presidential Scholar, University Fellow, and active member of theatre honorary Alpha Psi Omega and the Honors College, Kennard worked at the New York Historical Society in Manhattan last summer as an intern helping to create a program using American musical theatre classics to teach Black New York City high school students about American history.
A 2009 Starkville High School graduate, Kennard had a “truly exceptional range of theatrical experiences here. At Alabama his experiences on stage, academically, and in volunteer services projects have been remarkable,” Mabry said.
He is the son of Everett and Henri Sue Kennard.
Ford, also a 2010 Anderson Scholarship winner, had four on-stage roles during his freshman year in Oxford. At SHS, he had performing roles in nine shows. He has extensive voice training and had nine years of violin training in the Starkville Schools. He was a member of the All-State Honor Choir for three years (2008-2010).
Ford is a student in the Barksdale Honors College.
“His college professors, like the SHS faculty, speak highly of Nathan’s academic work. One professor especially commented on his exceptional writing ability. He has a wonderful voice, great stage presence--an excellent student and performer,” Mabry said.
He is the son of Artis and Karen Ford.
Mabry noted that Maureen Hughes, a 2009 Anderson Scholarship winner, has been named to the Stella Adler program in drama at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. “The Adler program,” she said, “has for years been widely recognized as the top program of its kind in the country. Maureen will have a busy summer. Her participation in this program will open many career doors for her.”