Mary Mead, was recently selected as The Plaza Arts Center annual scholarship recipient.
Mary graduated this year as an honors student from Putnam County High School. She received the $500 scholarship award during Honors Night on May 16, 2019. Mary has been behind the scenes working at many different Plaza events during the last several years.
Students that have shown exceptional dedication and interest in the Theater Arts, Instrumental/Vocal Arts, and/or Visual Arts are eligible for this award. The Plaza and members of the PCHS staff from the Fine Arts, Chorus, Music, and Theater departments selected the scholarship recipient. Applicants must be a senior in good standing at PCHS with a minimum 3.0 GPA. They must also participate in the Fine Arts program/Academy of Art and Design for at least 3 years.
JR Beckwith of Putnam County High School first introduced Plaza Program Director, Rainey Gallagher, to Mary. When looking for a responsible Entertainment Tech intern for the 2018-19 Plaza programs Beckwith said, “I know just the right person!” Gallagher noted Mary has proven to be an “outstanding representative for both PCHS and TPAC. She is most deserving of this scholarship.”
Papa Chair, Margaret Morris had much to say about this recent graduate. “Mary Mead has been a champion and dedicated supporter of the Plaza Alliance for the Performing Arts and PAPA’s productions at the Plaza as well as other community venues. She demonstrated her talent and her expertise in the technical lighting of PAPA productions,” Margaret said.
“We could always count on Mary, even though she was busy with high school and her many extracurricular activities. She showed up, quietly completed her work, and gave invaluable advice as to lighting effects for the best looks for our shows.” Margaret commented on Mary’s joyful attitude. “The characteristic that most impressed us was Mary’s ability to bring with her to rehearsals and to performances a joyful attitude toward others.”
Mary Mead’s mother, Heidi Mead, was thrilled with the news of this scholarship award. “I want to say thank you for the wonderful experience that Mary has had working for the Plaza Arts Center,” said Heidi. “She has enjoyed working the various shows and becoming a contributing member of the community arts through her interests in E.T. and music. Having the opportunity to enter the workforce in such a way that it enhances personal interest goes a long way towards developing a mindful work ethic. I thank you for that opportunity.”