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Awards and Honors

Awards and Honors

 

Congratulation to all majors in the School of Performing and Visual Arts for your fine work and perseverance. To these students specifically, we applaud your outstanding achievements!

 

 

Art and Design  Dance  Theatre

 

 

Art and Design

 

Awards

Outstanding Student in Art Foundations

This student embodies the highest achievement in the Foundations in Art while also serving as an exemplary role model for other students.

 

Deborah Elam

▪️BFA Graphic Design, Post-Baccalaureate Undergraduate

Deborah Elam

Elam is a serious and highly talented student. She demonstrates a high level of maturity, sophistication, and professionalism in her course work. Deborah’s course work serves as an excellent example for what can be achieved through earnest thought and effort.

 

 

Awards

Outstanding Student in BFA Sculpture and Ceramics 

This student embodies the highest achievement in the BFA in Sculpture and Ceramics while also serving as an exemplary role model for other students.

 

Brianna Pace

▪️Senior

Brianna Pace

Pace is a stellar student who loves all aspects of three-dimensional work and is fluent in many different mediums from clay to woodworking and casting. Most recently she has explored the discipline of performance art. Through this work, she has found a profound voice where she talks about her life and explores the idea of beauty and how others perceive it as well issues of fear and how it manifests itself in our everyday lives.

 

 

 

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Outstanding Student in BFA Painting and Drawing

This student embodies the highest achievement in the BFA in Painting and Drawing while also serving as an exemplary role model for other students.

 

Margaret (Maggie) Edwards

▪️Junior

Margaret Edwards

Edwards is an exemplary student who excels in the BFA program in Drawing and Painting. She is quiet, but the perfect example of how still waters can run deep through her studious and extraordinary talents. Maggie serves as an example of what can be achieved through hard work and dedication to the visual arts.

 

 

 

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Outstanding Student in BFA Graphic Design

This student embodies the highest achievement in the BFA in Graphic Design while also serving as an exemplary role model for other students.

Hannah Cantrell

▪️Junior

Hannah Cantrell

Cantrell is a truly exceptional student designer who has consistently shown a level of excellence throughout her years in the Graphic Design program. She has demonstrated a unique perspective in all her classes and really embraces graphic design with promise, commitment and a desire for the subject matter.

 

 

Awards

Outstanding Student in Art BA

This student embodies the highest achievement in the Art BA while also serving as an exemplary role model for other students.

Rachel Ryals

▪️Senior

Rachel Ryals

Ryals is the definition of what can be achieved as an Art BA. She showcases the interdisciplinary aspect of the BA degree by excelling in a number of areas including art history, 3D art, and costume design. Rachel demonstrates the commitment and dedication necessary to succeed both as an undergraduate and beyond.

 

 


Dance 

 

Awards

Outstanding Freshman in Dance

The award is voted on by all dance faculty and given to a freshman who demonstrates significant improvement and achievement in all dance coursework in a diversity of ways, and who exemplifies a spirit of collaboration, creativity, and commitment to learning and the dance program in general. The Outstanding Freshman in Dance Award recognizes the student who set the standard in these ways this year.

 

Elisabeth “Madison” Johnson

Elisabeth Johnson

Johnson’s innate talent is significant but is matched by her absolute dedication to learning in all dance coursework and supporting experiences. Her improvement was visible in all technique and performance classes, allowing her to advance in unprecedented ways. Equally impressive, Madison is a scholar, who is able to consistently research, personally investigate, and establish valuable connections in both her written and creative work. She is a model dance major in her pursuit of excellence and her willingness to take on any challenge with enthusiasm.

 

 

Awards

Outstanding Sophomore in Dance

The award is voted on by all dance faculty and given to a sophomore who demonstrates significant improvement and achievement in all dance coursework in a diversity of ways, and who exemplifies a spirit of collaboration, creativity, and commitment to learning and the dance program in general. The Outstanding Sophomore in Dance Award recognizes the student who set the standard in these ways this year.

 

Katelynn (Brooke) LeGrow

Brooke LeGrow

LeGrow is a bright light, a curious mind, and a dedicated artist in training. In all areas – scholarship, dancing, dancemaking, teaching – she was fully invested in learning and found great success because of this. For example, LeGrow was tremendously successful in our foundational and extremely rigorous composition classes. She was even selected to perform a solo she created here as part of a dance recruitment event. She invests in others and simultaneously works hard to fulfill the potential of every opportunity, assignment, and challenge given to her. She is a model BFA dance education major.

 

 

Award

Outstanding Junior in Dance

The award is voted on by all dance faculty and given to a junior who demonstrates significant improvement and achievement in all dance coursework in a diversity of ways, and who exemplifies a spirit of collaboration, creativity, and commitment to learning and the dance program in general.  The Outstanding Junior in Dance Award recognizes the student who set the standard in these ways this year.

 

Ayanna Coleman

Ayanna Coleman

Coleman is earning her BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography. She is a member of the USM Repertory Dance Company. This year, she was a featured dancer in faculty, national guest artist (Rosanna Tavarez), and student works. Coleman is the definition of commitment in whatever she is participating in. She invests herself completely and is undaunted by challenge. This has led to great success in all areas of scholarship, performance, dancemaking, and teaching. Her positive attitude and drive to achieve her potential, inspires others to do the same. She is a model dance major in these essential ways!

 

 

 

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Outstanding Senior in Dance

The award is voted on by all dance faculty and given to a senior who demonstrates significant improvement and achievement in all dance coursework in a diversity of ways, and who exemplifies a spirit of collaboration, creativity, and commitment to learning and the dance program in general. The Outstanding Senior in Dance Award recognizes the student who set the standard in these ways this year.

Casey Collier

Casey Collier

Collier is a Dance Performance and Choreography major. This past year, she trained at the Doug Varone Winter Intensive in New York City and attended the North Alabama Dance Festival in Florence, AL. She explored performance deeply through a series of interactive performances for my Senior Project, “Deeply Connected: An Experiential Investigation.” She is a teaching assistant for the sophomore Composition class, and a member of the Repertory Dance Company where she was a featured dancer in guest artist, faculty, and student works. Collier has become a true artist not only in her dance abilities, but her approach to dance – she is deeply dedicated to discovery, the many forms of expression and connection through performance, and how dance and humanity intersect.

 

 

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Outstanding Dance Educator

The award is voted on by all dance faculty and given to a student who demonstrates significant improvement and achievement in all dance education coursework in a diversity of ways, and who exemplifies a spirit of collaboration, creativity, and commitment to learning, teaching, and the dance program in general. The Outstanding Dance Educator Award recognizes the student who set the standard in these ways this year.

 

Jalayna Smith

▪️Senior

Jalayna Smith

In her senior year, Smith completed worked with Oak Grove elementary students doing integrated dance, and did her two student teaching placements in the Picayune school district where she achieved the highest marks possible.  She was nominated for the 2020 MACTTE student teacher excellence award, a recognition given to one student from each higher education institution in the state that offers licensure programs. Smith has the skills and passion to fulfill her goal after graduation of establishing new dance education programs in the schools.  Her ability to create meaningful lessons, instruct with confidence and care, engage students in learning, and expand what is possible for all, is admirable. She is a model of excellence in our program and beyond.

 Theatre

 

Awards

Outstanding Graduate Student in Theatre

This award is given to a Graduate student who has made great contributions to the Theatre Program while also serving as an exemplary role model for other students.

Caleb S. Garner

▪️MFA in Lighting and Sound Technology 3rd Year

Caleb Garner

Garner is a graduating MFA student in Lighting and Sound Technology. His work and work ethic is fantastic to say the least. He is a "goto" person in the department as a GA and holds the highest standards in terms of his academics and design work that I have had in my 12 years at USM. He has been nominated for several regional and national awards, worked professionally during the summers, and is really what I consider to be a model Graduate Student in the area of Lighting and Sound. He is well deserving of this award and all that he has to look forward to in the professional world. I am sure he will be a success!

 

 

Awards

Outstanding Graduate Student in Theatre

This award is given to a Graduate student who has made great contributions to the Theatre Program while also serving as an exemplary role model for other students.

 

Sheldon Mba

▪️MFA Candidate in Theatre, Performance Class of 2020

Sheldon Mba

Mba is a MFA Candidate in Theatre, Performance. Sheldon has performed brilliantly in a wide range of roles. He represented USM at the 2020 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in multiple events which won him the regional award for Best Acting Partner. He is a specialist in movement, stage combat, improvisation, musical theatre, and Shakespeare. Mba has led student ensembles for Harlem and Skip the Script, taught majors’ stage movement, served as TA for Period Styles, and taught Theatre 100. His professional work includes Tulane Shakespeare Festival 2018-20, and Southern Rep’s NOLA company for 2021. He has consistently demonstrated professionalism and leadership both on and off the stage.

 

 

 

Awards

Outstanding Graduate Student in Theatre

This award is given to a Graduate student who has made great contributions to the Theatre Program while also serving as an exemplary role model for other students.

 

 Amanda Washington

▪️MFA Directing, 3rd year

Amanda Washington

Washington’s outstanding work as a director on both Gem of the Ocean and Metamorphoses during the 2019 – 2020 season, showed very strong creative leadership. She seeks to work at the highest professional level, and inspire others in her collaborative process. Washington’s work as a graduate assistant was exemplary, as were her academic achievements. Overall, Amanda has been an important member of the MFA Directing program, a leader among the graduate students, and an excellent role model for undergraduates.

 

 

 

Awards

Outstanding Senior in Theatre

For the senior who best exemplifies Theatre values for collaboration and discipline while also serving as an exemplary role model for other students.

Kylie Mason

▪️BA Theatre

Kylie Mason

Mason stage managed two significant productions in the 2019 – 2020 academic year: Guys and Dolls and Metamorphoses. She also served as Assistant Director for Ah, Wilderness. Mason aspires to the highest professional standards in her work, which has been invaluable in the success of every project with which she has been associated. Mason has also achieved academic excellence, and has served as an important student leader, and role model in the program.

 

 

Awards

Outstanding Senior in Theatre

For the senior who best exemplifies Theatre values for collaboration and discipline while also serving as an exemplary role model for other students.

 

Detalion Dixon

▪️Theatre BFA, Acting

Detalion Dixon

Dixon is one of the most promising actors we have ever graduated. He is a mentor to the incoming actors as TA for THE 120 and a role model for the entire program. Dixon is active in student groups Harlem, Skip the Script, and Alpha Psi Omega. His superb work on the main stage earned him nominations for which he represented USM twice at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region IV.

 

 

 

Awards

2020 Arthur Award Recipient

The Arthur Award Given in memory and with the spirit of Arthur Lessac is meant to empower a student that truly excels in the area of voice and speech. This award includes a 1 year paid membership to the Lessac Training and Research Institute.

 

Raven McGowan

▪️BFA, Acting

Raven McGowan

 

Awards

2020 Golden Mask Award Recipients

The BFA Golden Mask Award given each year to performance students showing strong leadership and ability.

 

Mollye Ladner

▪️BFA, Acting

Mollye Ladner

 

 

Awards

2020 Golden Mask Award Recipients

The BFA Golden Mask Award given each year to performance students showing strong leadership and ability.

 

Detalion Dixon

▪️BFA, Acting

 Detalion Dixon

  

Awards

Outstanding Junior in Theatre

For a junior who has made great contributions to the Theatre Program while also serving as an exemplary role model for other students.

 

Matt Snellgrove

▪️ Theatre BFA, Design and Tech, Junior

Matt Snellgrove

Snellgrove is pursuing his BFA degree in theatre with an emphasis in Design and Technology. This past year he held the position of Costume Design Assistant for both Guys and Dolls and Orestia. Snellgrove consistently rose to the task solving problems with the utmost professionalism. On multiple occasions he had to step up and fill the shoes of the Costume Designer in their absence. He is a leader in the program and has repeatedly demonstrated how committed he is to his craft.

 


 

Awards

Outstanding Sophomore in Theatre (Co-recipient)

Outstanding Student performance in many areas in Theatre while also serving as an exemplary role model for other students.

 

Jamison Tisdale

▪️Theatre BA

Jamison Tisdale

Tisdale came into the program as a very shy reserved young man but opened up quickly. He took on the task of Assistant Stage Manager and has quickly moved on to the role of Stage Manager. He is involved with the program more and more every day—is starting to take a leadership role in the program by mentoring incoming students, and helping is ways that where he can. He is incredibly spirited and respectful of the department.

 

 

 

Awards

Outstanding Sophomore in Theatre (Co-recipient)

For the Sophomore who best exemplifies Theatre standards and values in discipline and collaborations, while also showing outstanding promise.

 

 Carter Lishen

▪️Theatre BA, Sophomore

Carter Lishen

Lishen is a superb student academically. He is also extremely talented and responsible in stage work. In his first year, Carter played Valère in The Flying Doctor, Dorante in Sganarelle, or The Imaginary Cuckold, and Sam in A Modern Medieval Mystery. He also served on multiple crews.

 

 

Awards

Outstanding Service in Theatre

For communication and creation of a multi-faceted Web site, The Eagle Landing, to keep Theatre students connected, creative, and inspired through the Covid-19 closure.

 

Lindsey Kelley

Lindsey Kelley

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