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Performing Arts and Visual Arts Seniors Sign College Scholarships
Pictured – front row left to right – Amanda Handegan, Laney Yancey, Lauryn Crane, Lindsey Kovach, Hope Eason, Elle Eickholz, Chanyng Floyd, Jasmine Humphrey, Jessie Elliott, Lauren Wilder, Hope Johnson, Alex Edwards Bachuss

Back Row left to right – Carter Bullard, Samuel Powless, Aaron Beach, Trey Pullen, Cameron Durbin 
McCracken County High School recognized the following Performing Arts and Visual Arts Seniors for their accomplishments and signing college scholarships:

Aaron Beach – Murray State University – Band 
• Attended Kentucky Baptist Youth Choir and Orchestra for all four years of high school
• Was accepted to play at Murray State’s Quad State Honor Band for four years and made the Symphonic Band for the past two years
• Has made All District Honor Band for three years, this past year made 1st Chair in the All District Symphonic Band
• Has made All District Jazz Band for three years
• Made 4th Chair in the All State Concert Band this year
• Has earned IT certification 

Carter Bullard – Murray State University - Band
• Distinguished KMEA Soloist 2014-18
• KMEAE All District Band Member 2014-18
• Murray State Quad State Band Member 2015-18
• Served as McCracken County Marching Band Head Drum Major
• Paynter Music Scholarship Recipient
• James A Davis Music Scholarship Recipient

Lindsey Kovach – University of Kentucky – Band
• Valedictorian of the 2018 graduating class
• 2018 All State Band Member
• AP Scholar with Honor
• Prizewinner in the 2018 Kentucky Flute Society High School Solo Competition
• Member of the Spanish Honor Society
• Achieved six distinguished ratings on solos
• 2017 GSA Finalist
• Principal Flutist of the McCracken County High School Wind Ensemble for three years
• Section Leader of the marching band and member for all four years
• Principal Flutist of the McCracken County High School Symphony Orchestra
• Made the 1st District KMEA Symphonic Band for three years, placing 1st in 2017 
• Three-year member of the Murray State University Quad State Band and awarded overall 1st chair flute in both 2017 and 2018
• Awarded “Most Outstanding Junior Musician” for 2016-17
• Selected to perform in Europe over the summer with the Kentucky Youth Ambassadors of Music

Elle Eickholz – University of Mississippi – Dance 
• Competitive Dancer for 10 years
• Made the Rebelettes Dance Team at Ole Miss
• 2 time National Champion
• Dance in the London New Years Day Parade

Chanyng Floyd – University of Arizona – Dance BFA
• Competitive Dance at AMPA – 10 years
• National Senior honored Dancer 2017-18
• National Dance Solo Champion 2015 and 2017
• Dance Spirit Magazine future star award
• Miss Showbiz and Miss Masquerade
• Weissmans Designs for dance model
• Waitlisted for Julliard School of Dance
• Accepted into Governor’s School for the Arts
• National Honor Society
• Honors Student with 3.8 GPA

Lauryn Mckenzie Crane – Western Kentucky University – Theatre
• Westlake Scholarship
• 4 years of tech experience 

Cameron Durbin – Lindenwood University – BFA Musical Theatre 
• Academic Scholarship of $9000; Talent Scholarship $3000
• Been in 8 shows at McCracken County High School
• Governor’s School for the Arts 2016 – Accepted to Drama and Musical Theatre (attended Musical Theatre)
• MCHS Choir 
• MCHS Drama Club; Vice President
• MCHS Wind Ensemble 
• McBig Band 
• National Honors Society
• Beta Club
• KMEA All State Choir Participant 
• Paducah Sun Teen of the Week
• Kiwani’s Club Scholarship
• Summer Internship at Carson Center 
• Camp Counselor Missoula Children’s Drama Camp
• Numerous AP and Honors Classes

Hope Eason – Western Kentucky University – Musical Theatre 
• Western Kentucky University Potter Scholarship
• WKU Academic Scholarship
• WKU GSA Scholarship
• Kiwanis Club Scholarship
• Governor’s School for the Arts 2017 Musical Theatre Alumni; chosen for multiple art forms
• All State Chorus Member 2017 and 2018
• Kentucky Theatre Association One Act Play Competition
o 4th place in State with her cast and Best Newcomer Cast
• Drama Club President
• Member of National Honor Society and Beta Club
• Market House Theatre Board Teen Intern

Jessie Elliot – Lindenwood University – BFA Musical Theatre
• $20,000 Merit Scholarship
• $12,000 Talent Scholarship at Lindenwood for 4 years
• Governor’s School for the Arts Musical Theatre Class of 2017 

Amanda Handegan – Millikin University – Musical Theatre 
• Talent Scholarship $3000
• Merit Scholarship $15,000

Jasmine Humphrey – Millikin University – Musical Theatre 
• The Kentucky Center Governor’s School for the Arts Drama 2016 Alumnus
• All-State Choir Soprano for 2016 and 2018
• $16,000 Millikin University Merit Scholarship
• Poetry Out Loud Regional Champion 2016 

Hope Johnson – University of Tennessee Martin – Choir 
• Mentor for the Freshman Choir this year
• Sings for her Church Choir
• McCracken County High School Choir for 4 years

Samuel Powless – University of Kentucky – Choir/Vocal Music
• Varsity Football Letterman – 4 Years
• Varsity Choir – 4 Years
• Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Drama Club, National Honor Society 
• McCracken County Public Schools Gifted and Talented Music Student 2011-18
• KMEA All-State Chorus 2013-18
• Kentucky Governors School for the Arts (Vocal Music) 2016
• KHSAA Academic All State 2016, 2017
• MCHS – Best Actor in a Musical 2017
• Class of 2018 Junior Rotarian 
• Senior Class Homecoming Representative 2017
• Mr. MCHS 2018 (voted by teachers)
• Mr. MCHS Competition 2017-18
• American Institute of Musical Studies Scholarship Winner to Graz, Austria 2018
• 2nd Place Winner of 2018 Alltech Opera Theatre Competition; Receiving full scholarship to pursue music at the University of Kentucky 

Trey Pullen – University of Utah – Musical Theatre BFA
• Governor’s Scholars Program Alum 2017 in Drama
• Youth Lead Graduate – Class 6
• University of Utah Talent Scholarship – Area of Musical Theatre
• Been part of “Distinguished” Choir for 3 years (MCHS Varsity Singers/Senior Chamber Choir)
• Valedictorian
• Voted MCHS Drama King 

Lauren WIldoner – Morehead State University – Theatre Education
• Awarded the Morehead State Theatre Scholarship – Totaling $7,000 per semester; $14,000 per year renewable 

Laney Yancey – Roosevelt – CCPA (Chicago College of Performing Arts) – Theatre BFA
• Talent Scholarship for $18,000 from CCPA
• Governor’s Scholars Arts 2017 Alumni for Drama

Laykn (Alex) Edwards-Bachuss – Spalding University – Fine Arts/Visual Arts 
• Juried into the Kentucky Art Educators Association (KYAEA) Regional Show in 2015, 2016
• Accepted on a Scholarship for Murray’s Summer Art Workshop 2015, 2017
• Juried into the Yeiser Teen Spirit Showcase 2015, 2017
• Art Club Member 2015-present; Secretary 2016-18
• Team placement on the Vans Custom Culture team in 2016
• Team placement on the Vans Custom Culture team in 2017 (placed top 10 in the South-East Region)
• Won a T-shirt design contest for MAKE in 2016
• Participant in Independent study/AP Studio showcase for 2017, Bright Futures
• Took AP Studio for 2D work; passed portfolio review with a score of 3
• Scholarship to the Paducah School of Arts Summer Pre-College Workshop
• Juried into the 2018 KYAEA Regional Show, placed 1st in Metals 
• Winner: KYAEA State Show for metals, placed 2nd in State
• Participant in Paducah School of the Arts Creative Spark 2018 
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Phone: 270-538-4000
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