For Starkville Daily News
Ruth Brown, Katherine Hudson, Laura Kathryn Lindsay and Thomas McBroom, all recent high school seniors from the Starkville area, earned one thousand dollar scholarships to further their arts educations. Starkville Area Arts Council awarded the four graduates at their respective schools’ awards day ceremonies. Starkville Academy graduates, Katherine Hudson and Thomas McBroom, and Starkville High School graduates, Ruth Brown and Laura Kathryn Lindsay were the 2011 winners. Money for these scholarships is earned by the arts council members through sponsoring events such as the Cotton District Arts Festival, the SAAC Gala in November, the Garden Expo in March, Art in the Garden and the upcoming Star Shine in August.
Ruth Brown, Starkville High School’s Photography Editor of the school newspaper, plans to major in photojournalism in the Department of Art at Mississippi State University. At the 2011 Mississippi Scholastic Press Association in Oxford, Ruth Brown took home the top prize in News/Feature Photography for the second year in a row. Brown has also won prizes in the Cotton District Arts Festival. In her essay, Ruth Brown relates, “ I feel that a major in the arts will give me the tools to make my dream becoming a photojournalist a reality.” Clarence Williams, Pulitzer Prize winning Photojournalist, taught Ruth Brown in a University of Southern Mississippi photojournalism workshop, and remarked that she was a “stand out student with a standout artistic spirit.” R.J. Morgan, journalism adviser at Starkville High School, has worked with Brown for three years. Morgan states, “ Ruth has a nose for social justice and is constantly taking the position of the underprivileged or underrepresented in her writing and photography. She is a dedicated civil servant and her ideals of social equality are at the core of what makes her an engaging writer and photographer.” In addition to her duties on the SHS Jacket Newspaper, where she was named “Journalism Staffer of the Year,” Brown has also served as president of both the French Club and the Environmental Club. She is the daughter of Stan Brown.
Starkville Academy’s Katherine Hudson graduated with honors. She has been accepted by the Department of Art at Mississippi State University. A National Society of High School Scholars member, Hudson has earned the highest GPA in Art III and Chemistry, and the AP Art Award. In her sophomore year, Hudson participated in MAIS Academic Betterment Competition Testing and won a Third Place on the biology test. In addition to the SAAC scholarship, Katherine Hudson received the Loyd A. Cummings Memorial Scholarship, the Scrivener Foundation Scholarship, and an academic scholarship from Mississippi State University. Katherine Hudson has participated in various extracurricular activities as the secretary of Art Club, as a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the International Thespian Society, and as a member of the soccer and swim teams. She has won numerous art and photography contests: Cotton District Arts Festival, First Place, drawing /pastel; 2010 iCapture Photography Contest, two Second Place awards in landscape and photo manipulations; 2011 iCapture Photography Contest, “Best of Show,” First and Second Place; 2011 Scholastic Art Competition, two Honorable Mention Keys for photography and mixed media. Hudson has also placed First in the state-wide MS Bar Association Law Day Art Contest and won Third Place in the Gregg Harper Congressional 2011 Art Contest. Robin Pigg, art teacher at Starkville Academy, recommended Katherine Hudson with these words: “ Katherine is a very creative student and her projects tend to be abstract in nature. She likes to challenge the viewer with her ideas and images. Katherine is also community-minded, having served as a page for Lt. Governor Amy Tuck. Her participation in several mission trips speaks of her commitment to her fellow man.” Katherine Hudson is the daughter of Joel and Delores Hudson of Maben, MS.
Laura Kathryn Lindsay, Starkville High School’s Class of 2011 Salutatorian, has been accepted into the Department of Theatre at the University of Mississippi. Having found success in her dedication to many tasks, Lindsay has served as president of Operation Smile, National Honor Society, and the International Thespian Society, as well as secretary for Key Club for three years. She was a member of the SHS choir for four years, was in the selective Madrigals and Sextet groups, and was chosen as an All-State Honor Choir Member. Not only did she letter in soccer for three years and Cross Country for one, but Lindsay also served on the Mayor’s Youth Council as Head of Communications. Her interest in community service led her to be involved in the Northeast MS Youth Foundation as Head of Programs and the Interact (International Action) club for three years. She was an English, history, and algebra tutor for her peers for three years. During her junior year, Lindsay was a member of the Model UN Security Council held at Mississippi State University and won Best Resolution. During her sophomore year, Lindsay won the Chemistry Award, and the Scholastics Award for Starkville Junior Miss during her junior year. From her freshman year until her senior year, Lindsay participated in every festival play and musical at Starkville High. Her peers voted her with “Best Attitude” and “Most Dependable” honors. During the 2010 North MS Drama Festival, Lindsay won the prestigious “Best Actress” category. Placing first in the school division of Poetry Out Loud, Lindsay went on to win the regional contest and placed second in the state Poetry Out Loud contest. At the end of school 2011 awards day, Laura Kathryn Lindsay was chosen as a Senior of Distinction. Best Performing Artist, and named a Mississippi Scholar. Her theatre teacher of four years, Mandy Kinney, said of Lindsay, “ She is an extremely selfless person who maintains perseverance through any circumstance. As a person, Laura Kathryn is a rarity. She is genuine, honest and very charismatic.” Another recommendation for Laura Kathryn Lindsay spoke of her “professionalism and maturity.” This summer, Laura Kathryn Lindsay will complete her fourth summer at Mississippi State University’s Summer Scholars’ camp, where she has helped write shows, acted, sung, and served as a junior counselor. Gaye Lindsay and the late Tom Lindsay are Laura Kathryn Lindsay’s parents.
Thomas Moore McBroom, senior class president and honor graduate of Starkville Academy, has made his mark in academic, artistic, scout, and community areas. McBroom is accepted into the Department of Art at Mississippi State University. Academically, McBroom maintained membership in the National Honor Society for three years for his grades on both the Headmaster’s list and Principal’s list. Named as Academic All-Star in his junior year, McBroom was Team Captain of the Starkville Academy Cross Country Team. He received the Starkville Academy Volunteer Award for hardest worker in his sophomore year. In addition to playing soccer at Starkville Academy, McBroom has been a member of the Community Soccer League for seven years and a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes. In 2009, McBroom attended the Mississippi Governors School at MUW. Named in 2010 as the “Hardest Worker,” Thomas McBroom played trombone in the Starkville Academy band from his fifth grade year until his senior year, where he led the band as Drum Major and served as the vice-president. McBroom’s serious interest in art began in his sophomore year, when he became a member of the Art Club and participated in numerous art competitions and activities. In the 2011 Mississippi Scholastic Art Awards, McBroom took Honorable Mention. Other interests in the arts include being a member of the International Thespian Society from sophomore to senior years and serving as vice-president and president of the organization. Also to his credit, McBroom was onstage for four school musicals and worked on various committees. Foremost on McBroom’s list of achievements is earning the Eagle Scout rank in 2010, the highest rank in Boy Scouts of America. McBroom completed National Youth Leadership Training (BSA), was elected as Senior Patrol Leader for thirty-two boys at the Boy Scout National Scout Jamboree and Senior Patrol Leader in charge of summer camp staff at Camp Seminole. In 2010, McBroom represented the USA as Assistant Patrol Leader along with thirty-two other Boy Scouts in a cultural exchange in Tokyo, Japan. For his Eagle Scout requirements, McBroom designed and constructed a band tower at Starkville Academy. Other scout projects were assisting in building a garden a county fire department, doing Hurricane Katrina relief work, assisting in rebuilding park restrooms, and other community improvement activities. Chosen for Order of the Arrow, BSA National Honor Society (ninth through twelfth grades), McBroom is a member of BSA Troop 45. McBroom used his skills as sound board operator, camera operator, and lighting operator at Starkville First United Methodist Church TV Ministry with over 210 hours of service hours. Community projects include the “Get Swept Up” event and a youth mission trip to Anchorage, Alaska to restore church facilities there. Robin Pigg, art teacher at Starkville Academy, spoke of Thomas McBroom as “a very gifted, talented, artistic student.” She goes on to say that “Thomas is excited and motivated about majoring in art. He is an exceptional student.” Michelle Guyton, his Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 45, said of McBroom, “I truly believe that he will represent Starkville’s love of the arts well.” Thomas is an asset to the Starkville arts community,” Thomas McBroom is the son of Allen and Lynn McBroom of Starkville.
Dylan Karges, serves as president of the Starkville Area Arts Council with Robin Fant as incoming president. Scholarship committee members are: Paula Mabry, chair; Ellen Boles, Linda Morse, Paige Lawes, Barb Atkins, and Nancy Hargrove.