Mississippi School of the Arts Students Win at Mississippi Theatre Association Festival

Pictured front row from left: Cameron Kitchens of Vicksburg, Jaelon Love of Jackson and Levarioius Goods of Port Gibson. Second row from left: Kaitlin Whitehead of Kosciusko, Nathaniel Jones of Saltillo, Serena Slie of Carriere, Anna Tyner of Clarksdale, Al’Rasyah Fairley of Richland and Kayla Moore of Byrum. Back row from left: John Ward of Natchez, Kennon Bateaste of McComb, Jatavius Haynes of Crenshaw and Joh’nelle Hahn of Collins.

(BROOKHAVEN, MS) – Mississippi School of the Arts (MSA) students recently participated in the Mississippi Theatre Association’s (MTA) Regional and the Statewide Drama Festival held at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg.

Receiving awards at the recent Overall State Festival were Senior Theatre students: Best Actress Overall – Jaelon Love of Jackson who also placed 3rd in the Monologue Competition; All-Star Cast – Kennon Bateaste of McComb; Best Student Direction – Nathaniel Jones of Saltillo and Junior, Liliana Sagaser of Gautier placed 3rd in Costume Design.

Receiving awards at the Southern Regional Festival held in December were Senior Theatre students: Best Actor Overall – Levarious Goods of Port Gibson; All-Star Cast – Jaelon Love of Jackson and Serena Slie of Carriere. MSA also received the Distinguished Play Award and John Hollins, a Senior Literary Arts student from Columbia, received 1st place in Youth Playwriting for his piece “Trouble on Olympus.” Hollins’ play was performed by the All-Star Cast at the state festival.

The Mississippi School of the Arts (MSA) is an eleventh and twelfth grade visual and performing arts residential, public high school located in Brookhaven. Students not only meet and exceed the traditional Mississippi high school curriculum, they receive special instruction in visual arts, vocal music, dance, literary arts, media arts and theatre. Students interested in MSA apply by February 1st of their sophomore year. The school holds the No. 3 highest ACT average in the state and this year’s graduating class of 65 seniors received over $8.6 million in college scholarship offers.

For additional information, call 601-823-1300 or visit www.msabrookhaven.org