Dees, Hepner receive scholarships at Centre
by w. winston skinner
Two recent high school graduates were presented with scholarships during the Richard Brooks Visionary Awards of Distinction luncheon on Tuesday.
The midday Hall of Fame awards program was held at the Centre for Performing and Visual Arts on Lower Fayetteville Road in Newnan.
Tylor Hepner and Alison Dees, both recent graduates of East Coweta High School, were recognized for their achievement in the arts – he in visual arts and she in drama. Each received a $1,000 scholarship from the Centre Patrons.
JoAnn Ray, chairman of the scholarship committee, recognized them.
Dees, who will be attending Georgia State University, did a dramatic presentation during the luncheon. Hepner shared art from his portfolio after the program.
Hepner will be having a one-man show at the Centre starting on July 9.
Coweta has “some exceptional young people,” Ray said. Reflecting on the talented young artists, she said, “This is a tribute to our community and to this center.”
Dean Jackson, emcee for the event, noted this is the 10th year for the Centre. The Centre, he said, is “a marvelous facility... an educational facility, a community center, a place to showcase the talent we have here.”
The annual awards are named for Richard Brooks, who laid the groundwork for the center during his tenure as superintendent of the Coweta County School System.
Brooks and his wife, Donna, were present for the luncheon along with another former superintendent, Blake Bass, current administrators and current and past board members.
The ceremony closed with children presenting apples to attendees.
Don Nixon, Centre director, encouraged everyone to be “growing, always growing and always finding the way to give.”