2013 Recipients

We were so impressed by the quality of the scholarship applications we received this year that we couldn't narrow them down to just one. The three recipients of the Candice Davis Scholarship for 2013 are:

Brandy Dawson

Brandy has participated in UIL One Act Play every year in high school and was named to the All-Star Cast for her performance in The Audition her senior year. She is graduating with a 93.3 grade average and plans to continue studying drama at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin.

From her essay: "My involvement in theater has taught me quite a few things. The first thing I learned was that I could be more outgoing with people. When I moved to Terlingua I didn't know anyone... Ms. Stafford mentioned a One Act Play competition and I was willing to try anything that had something to do with the arts. I tried theater and became more outgoing with people as time went on because it takes a lot of courage to stand on stage and speak in front of tons of people."

Evelyn Garcia

Evelyn has done sound and hair, makeup and costume for the Terlingua High School UIL One Act Play for four years. In addition, she has done sound for two LMLB productions. A member of the National Honor Society, she is graduating with a 91.98 grade average and will be studying accounting at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin.

From her teacher recommendation: "As her athletics coach, initially I was a bit surprised that Evelyn had asked me to write a letter of recommendation for this scholarship in the realm of dramatic theatre. Upon reflecting on my relationship with Evelyn as coach and player, I can't think of a better actress. Evelyn ...to my knowledge has never acted dramatically in public. She has however manifested her emotions dramatically for our basketball team better than any player I have ever coached. Not one time in her career during a practice or game did Evelyn ever break character as the positive, encouraging team captain she was."

Kara Sweeney

Kara has acted in UIL One Act Plays for four years; among her many awards is Best Actress District 2013. She has also acted in two LMLB productions, Pecos Bill and the Ghost Stampede and Summer Shorts 2012. Kara is the Terlingua High School Class of 2013 salutatorian with a GPA of 94.24. Having already developed an online business, she will study Business Administration at Lone Star Community College in Houston.

From her essay: "...camaraderie is the glue that holds live theater together... I have grown close to my One Act crew over the years in a way that no other extracurricular activity could have fostered. We have laughed together, learned together, and celebrated together. Even if the silver lining of a loss is KFC, we stay upbeat and try harder next year for the love of theater. Theater is work, but we have found a way to make it a clique of those weird drama nerds, and that is just fine with me."

Congratulations to all the graduating seniors of Big Bend High School,
and to the faculty and staff that have done so much for our community!