$25,000 Grant Awarded to North Shore High Thespian Society
Houston, Texas: The North Shore Senior High School Thespian Society was awarded a grant from the National Thespian Society. Given to one school in the country, the grant, worth approximately $25,000, covers expenses for students and teachers to compete in the Thespian Festival at the University of Nebraska this June. The NSSHS troupe had a record setting 19 students qualify for the competition this year. Veronic Stell, lead director, and Stephanie Hatten, booster club president, applied for the grant, hoping to provide a life changing event for these students. “This is a learning opportunity for these students. It's a time where they can focus on their craft. But it's much more than that. Colleges attend these festivals. Each of these students can visit with college representatives and audition for scholarships,” said Hatten. There are four categories for thespian scholarships: performance, technical, theatre educator, or playwriting. “We hope attending the festival will create an excitement about the thespian society here at North Shore, and, in turn, we will have more students qualify for the festival next year,” commented Stell. In fact, the troupe is already starting to raise money for next year's trip. “We can only get the grant once. Next year, we'll have to raise the money ourselves,” Hatten noted.
Pictured: The North Shore Senior High School Thespian Society
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