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Fine Arts Students Signing Day at Stewarts Creek

Four years ago, Tristin Hicks didn't know what to expect when entering Stewarts Creek High School for the first time.  Like all members of that inaugural freshmen class, he was enamored with the newness this fledgling building had to offer.  But it wasn't the smell of fresh paint or the untouched classroom floors that caught Tristin's eye - it was the theater lights.


"I took theater because it sounded like fun; I never thought I'd do it all four years," says the Senior, who recently committed to study Theater Performance at the highly-competitive University of Memphis.  "Now, I can't imagine my life without the Arts, and I can't wait to start at Memphis this fall."  


Tristin, like many of his friends at Stewarts Creek, is a part of the first graduating class that attended Stewarts Creek for all four years.  Over that time, Stewarts Creek students have earned over thirty spots in the Governor's School for the Arts, placed over twenty students in an All-State band or choir, and won multiple statewide All-Star Cast Awards.  "Attending Governor's School in 2015 really changed my life," says Hicks.  "I knew then that Theater would be my life."


On Monday, May 8, Tristin and twenty-seven other Seniors commemorated their intent to study Fine Arts at the collegiate level at the Inaugural Stewarts Creek Fine Arts Signing Day.  With parents, teachers, administrators, college representatives, and over three hundred other Fine Arts students in attendance, these seniors were celebrated for their choice to start a career in the Arts.  And 28 students is a high number to choose this path, says Brian Russell, Choral Director and Chair of the Fine Arts Department.  He says that Fine Arts commitments for the Class of 2017 are at a rate fifty percent higher than the national average. 


Donald Fann, one of two Theater teachers at Stewarts Creek, is understandably proud.  "They began here four years ago and quickly came together to create something unique," says Fann.  "Now, not only have they started traditions of excellence at Stewarts Creek, they are taking that passion for the Arts to the next step.  We wish them the best and look forward to their successes."


The following seniors participated in the Fine Arts Signing Day at Stewarts Creek:


Alyssa Bohmeyer, Music EducationUniversity of Tennessee at Knoxville

Christian Crowder, Graphic DesignSavannah College of Art and Design

Noah Davis, Music BusinessMiddle Tennessee State University

Rex Davis, Music TherapyMiddle Tennessee State University

Andre Espinoza, Music EducationUniversity of Tennessee at Martin

Kaitlyn Estes, Art EducationUniversity of Tennessee at Martin

Bailey Griffin, Music EducationMiddle Tennessee State University

Drew Harris, Film/TV ProductionMiddle Tennessee State University

Zaniah Harris, Musical TheaterUniversity of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Tristin Hicks, Theater PerformanceUniversity of Memphis

Desire Houser, Electronic Media Production & FilmHarding College

Abbagain Johns, Animation/Graphic DesignMotlow State Community College

Emily Knight, Graphic DesignUniversity of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Teresa Ledbetter, Interior DesignUniversity of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Bernice Leveque, TheaterSewannee - University of the South

Amber Molder, Interior DesignMiddle Tennessee State University

Tyler Patterson, Music BusinessMiddle Tennessee State University

Alyssa Rucker, Graphic DesignSavannah College of Art and Design

Megan Shields, Dance PerformanceAustin Peay State University

Levi Snider, Music BusinessMiddle Tennessee State University

Stephen Stoner, Media ProductionMotlow State Community College

Meghan Stover, Animation/Graphic DesignMiddle Tennessee State University

Erin Sullivan, Art TherapyMotlow State Community College

Blake Turner, Theater PerformanceMiddle Tennessee State University

Addison Walden, Music EducationTennessee Technological University

Shyla Wasser, Graphic DesignMiddle Tennessee State University

Ivy Wetherill, Dance PerformanceUniversity of Memphis

Carli Young, Musical TheaterMiddle Tennessee State University

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