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MCHS Performing Arts and Visual Arts Seniors

McCracken County High School recognized the following Performing Arts and Visual Arts Seniors for their accomplishments and signing college scholarships. 


Lilly Spann
Long Island University

Brookville, New York 

Major: Theatre Arts with a concentration in Musical Theatre

Presidential Scholarship, as well as two Talent Scholarships 

Lilly is on track to graduate valedictorian with a 4.2 GPA, and has been named KHSAA Academic All- State for all 4 years. She was named a National Dance Alliance "All- American Dancer" in 2020 and 2022, as well as receiving the "Pin It Forward" award for kindness and encouragement at NDA dance camp this year. Lilly has been a member of the MCHS choral department all 4 years, and a section leader for Varsity Singers. She was the proud captain of the McCracken County Stangettes Dance Team this year, and has been a member for 4 all years. Lilly has also been trained and instructed by Wheeler and Megan Hughes at Mainstage School of Performing Arts and would not be where she is today without their influence and dedication to students in performing arts.


Gavin Smith
Norwalk Conservatory of the Arts

Norwalk, Connecticut 

Major: Musical Theatre Dance Performance

$15,000 talent scholarship from Norwalk

SETC Best Performer Award-Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

State Outstanding Performer Award-Miraculous Journey Of Edward Tulane
Regional All Star Cast-Miraculous Journey Of Edward Tulane
Attended GSA in the summer of 2021 for Drama
22-23 Drama Club Social Media Representative
22-23 Paducah Bank Teen Ambassador
A part of Mainstage Performing Arts Center and Theatre for the past 10 years
Been a part of MCHS Theatre and Choral Departments all 4 years of high school


Hannah Bryan 
Dobbins Conservatory of Music & Dance at Southeast Missouri
 State University

Cape Girardeau, Missouri

Major: Bachelor of Fine Arts: Musical Theatre

Minor: Double Major in Theatre Design & Technology

SEMO Copper Dome Scholarship, SEMO Redhawk Achievement Scholarship, Dobbins Residential Life Honors Scholarship, Dobbins Conservatory Performing Arts Scholarship

Hannah Bryan has been performing for 4 years with McCracken Theatre and 10 years at MainStage School of Performing Arts with roles in more than 30 productions. She attended Governor's School for the Arts in 2022 and was the recipient of the Luke Sink Award, an honor given to one member of the graduating class for their exemplary participation in the program. She is also a member of the Student Government Association, National Honors Society, FBLA, Beta Club, Drama Club, and is a graduate of Paducah Youth LEAD. She was a cast member of the State Champion production of The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane and was named to the All-Star Cast at the Southeastern Theatre Conference. As an 8-year member of the Academic Team and Future Problem Solving Team, she has earned district, region, state, and international titles while maintaining a 4.0 GPA in honors, AP, and dual enrollment courses. She will be attending the Dobbins Conservatory of Music & Dance at Southeast Missouri State University with a BFA double major in Musical Theatre and Theatre Design and Technology. 

Addie Pope

Murray State University

Murray, KY

Major: Musical Theatre / Education

Erin Marie Conn Memorial Scholarship [CONNEM], Mary Charles Harris Honorary Music Scholarship [HARMUS], Carr Scholarship [CARRSC] (Academic Achievement Scholarship), McCracken County Education Association Scholarship

Addie has been involved in Musical Theater since 2nd grade.  She attended Mainstage School of Performing Arts where she was cast in 22 different productions.  Addie began Voice lessons with Emily Black in 6th grade and has been a student of Mrs. Black for the past 6 years. She has been dedicated to the McCracken County Theater Department during her High School career where Addie has been cast in 8 productions at MCHS.  She has been a member of McCracken County Choral Department and sang in the Varsity Singer and Advanced Women's chorus.  Addie has studied Dance at McCracken County as well as Mainstage. Addie is a 2023 Honor Student.  She was a Paducah Bank Ambassador, cast member of the State winning play Edward Tulane.  She has been accepted to the Musical Theater Department at Murray State University where she plans to attend this fall.  


Adyson Townsend

Murray State University

Murray, KY

Major: Musical Theatre

Minor: Arts Administration

Full Governor’s School for the Arts Scholarship

Adyson started taking Drama classes her freshman year, and first took to the stage in her sophomore year, quickly and enthusiastically taking part in as many shows as possible. She is a GSA Drama alum, is currently serving as a Student Advisor on the board at Market House Theatre, and is our Drama Club President. With the Theatre Department, Adyson has traveled to perform at the State level with our plays the past two years- and with “Edward Tulane” she received All Star Cast at the Kentucky Theatre Association State Festival and also beyond at the SouthEastern Theatre Conference. Adyson just finished her time here at McCracken portraying Belle in our production of “Beauty and the Beast.”  She will be attending Murray State University in the fall majoring in Musical Theatre with a minor in Arts Administration. 


Gavin Baumer

University of Kentucky 

Major: Music Education 

University Core School of Music, $20,000

Wind Ensemble 3 years

McBigBand 3 years 

All District Band 2019

Quad State Band 2022-23

WKU Honor Band 2023

MMB Section Leader 2021-22 Season and 2022-23 Season

Carys Hackney

Murray State University 

Major: Music; Wildlife and Conservation Studies 

$1000 Scholarship

Music City Drum Corps
TriM Music Honors Society
Riverview Independent Winds (WGI)


Simon Bozone

Western Kentucky University 

Major: Music Education 

Music audition scholarship $8,000

High School Band for 4 years

The Farrah Ervin Spirit Award
Distinguished Solo Ratings
Quadstate Honor Band


Noah Tolar

Murray State University 

Major: Music Business 

GSA Scholarship - Full Tuition 

Campus Light Scholarship - $2,000 a year

Provost Music Housing Scholarship - $1,000 a year

Dr Charles L and Marlene Rann Johnson Music Scholarship -$500 a year

Class of 2022 GSA

3x KMEA All State Participant 

4x FDKMEA All District Participant 

2023 Quad State Soloist of the year


Maya Lee

Murray State University 

Major: Music Education 

Murray State Department of Music Scholarship $2,000

Mustang Marching Band for 4 years earning the position of co-section leader in her junior and section leader in her senior year.
Awarded The Best Soloist Overall Award at the Appletime Festival Competition for Marching Band in 2022.  

Quad State Band (4 years) 

All District Honor Band (4 years)

Western Kentucky Honor Band (2 years)

Southeast Missouri State University Honor Band (1 year) 

Distinguish Ratings for Solo & Ensemble performances (3 years)

Concert Band( 1 year) 

Symphonic Band (1 year) 

Wind ensemble (3 years) 

Jazz Ensemble (2 years)

Paducah Community Band (4 years) 

Representative of the Paducah Delegation of the Unesco Global Youth Orchestra that performed in South Korea in 2019.



Winter Johnson

Murray State University 

Major: Instrumental Music Education 

Department of Music Scholarship: $1000

Regents Scholarship: $8000

Head Drum Major for Mustang Marching Band
1st Chair McCracken Wind Ensemble
2nd Chair All-District Symphonic Band
2nd Chair Quad-State Honor Band
WKU Honor Band
Indoor Percussion for 3 years
Mustang Marching Band for 4 years


Lynniah Vandry

Southeast Missouri State University

Major: Music Education

Department of Music: Visual and Performing Arts Award - $2,000

Marching Band / Drum Line: All State Marching Band - $725

3 years in MMB
4 years McCracken Indoor Percussion (WGI bronze and gold medalists)
All-District Concert Band (11th grade - 1st chair, 12th grade - 2nd chair)
WKU Honor Band (1st chair oboe)


Gavin McKenzie

Murray State University 

Major: History Education

Minor: Applied Music

$1,000 Housing Scholarship

All District since 7th grade
Top All District Band junior and senior year
Received solo and ensemble distinct rating since 7th grade
WKU honor band 8th, 10th and 12th grade years
Quad State Band junior and senior year
1st Trumpet Player in the Top Concert Band at MCHS since sophomore year to senior year
Section Leader of the MMB trumpet section since the 2021 to 2022 seasons
One of the 1st Chair trumpet players of the Mcbig band
4.0 GPA Honors Student since freshman year

Alyssa Deneve
Murray State University
Art/Graphic Design         

Carr Scholarship


Alysaa has been involved in the art program most of her high school career. She was part of the NAHS club. Alyssa won second place in video/film/animation with KYAEA.

Keaton Clark
Western Kentucky University
 Visual Arts Graphic Design
Minor: Film Production

WKU Merit Scholarship $16,000


Graduating with honors, NAHS freshman year, currently in Media Club.


Caroline Menendez 

Murray State University 

Major: Visual Arts  
Provost Scholarship

Performed in orchestra for eight years; play violin, guitar, and bass guitar; completed 20 hours in National Art Honors Society; has had work shown in local galleries.


Jane Walsh

Savannah College of Art and Design

$12,000/ yr. academic scholarship, $1,500/yr. portfolio scholarship, $1500/yr. GSA scholarship


GSA 2022 Visual Arts Alumni, 2023 KYAEA All-State Art Show "Best in Show" Winner, 2022 "Teen Spirit" Yeiser Art Show 1st Place, Valedictorian class of 2023, Service as secretary, vice president, and president of National Arts Honors Society with over 60 completed service hours, Paducah Art Guilds first "Student of the Month"


Enoch Brindley
 Associates in Art Ceramics



AP Art


Erin Farris    

Union University   

Jackson, Tennessee          

Major: Vocal Music

Minor: Communication Arts

Union University Scholarship $10,000 Union Grant $5,000 SBC scholarship $1,000 Union music Vocal Scholarship $3,000 Union music Ensemble Scholarship $4,000 MCEA scholarship $500


Four years of choir in high school (Crimson- Freshman Year, Advanced Women’s- Sophomore year, Varsity- junior and senior year); attended classes and has done 21 shows with MainStage School of Performing Arts for 10 years; stage manager for three MCHS shows including: Treasure Island, Freaky Friday, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane; cast member in Beauty and the Beast; Student Government all four years of high school; 2022-23 Vice President; member of National Honors Society; auditioned for and accepted into Union University’s music program; offered a $7,000 scholarship and invited to audition for an invite only ensemble.


Madison Newlon   

Murray State University

Murray, KY  

Major: Vocal Music Education


Provost Scholarship - $20,000 KEES - $3,000 KHEAA - $5,300

Taken choir since 4th grade
Quad-State choir for 1 year
First District for 7 years
All-State for 6 years
Went to the SIU Honor choir trip for 2 years
ACDA National Honor Choir this year
Received a Distinguished rating for Solo and Ensemble for 2 years