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Fitchburg native Samantha Posco, a senior student designer at Stonehill College in Easton, has earned a scholarship from the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in Hyannis.

As a recipient of the Don Childs Memorial Scholarship, Ms. Posco will have the funds to study for two weeks at the Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas this summer, where she will gain additional hands-on experience working with cutting-edge live entertainment professionals.

The Childs Memorial Scholarship recognizes student designers who display exceptional talent in their field, and who exemplify the qualities of dedication, talent, and collaboration that contribute to theater excellence.

Ms. Posco was chosen from among 64 student designers in the festival's region 1 (New England and eastern New York state) for her projection design for Stonehill's production of Sharon Pollock's "Moving Pictures'' in the fall of 2012. Her demonstration of research ability, artistic sensibility, high personal investment in her work and dedication to collaboration with her fellow artists impressed the judges.

Fitchburg State University students earned performance and technical awards and advanced to high levels of acting competitions at the recent Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in Hyannis.

Industrial Technology students Patrick Storey of Chelmsford and Nick Robinette of Boston were recognized for outstanding technical design and outstanding prop design and scenic dressing, respectively, for "Sacco & Vanzetti.'' Mr. Storey was also selected as a Kennedy Center Festival intern.

Communications Media students also won recognition. Erik Nikander of Brookline, N.H., was named as first alternate in the Institute for Theatre Journalism and Advocacy Critics Award, while students McKegg Collins of Shrewsbury and Kimberlee Connor of Auburn were among 15 finalists from a field of 251 candidates for the national Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship.

Kelly Quinn of Ronkonkoma, N.Y., and Matthew Rindini of Pembroke were among nine candidates selected from a field of 63 directors to present scenes for the national Stage Directors and Choreographers' Showcase.

David Muschetta of Boston was cast from a pool of 234 actors for "Geniuses'' by Abbey Fenbert, which won the National Playwriting Program 10-minute Play Festival.

Jonathan Savey of Merrimac was hired by the national Kennedy Center to serve as festival videographer for the week. Ms. Quinn also received the Award of Merit for Excellence in Actor Coaching for "The Laramie Project,'' while Chris Maher of Littleton received the Award of Merit for Outstanding Silent Performance for "Arcadia.''

Ms. Connor and recent graduate Kelly Stowell of Vandalia, Mo., each auditioned for and received multiple offers for graduate and professional actor training programs, spanning the U.S. and the United Kingdom.

The student-produced and -created "LYLH,'' written by and starring Fitchburg State student Thomas Karner of Hopkinton and directed by Mr. Rindini, was one of five student productions accepted into competition from a pool of 52. The production is still under review for recognition.

Connor Ricks of Leominster was named to the dean's list for the fall 2013 semester at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, N.Y.

The following area students recently participated in winter commencement exercises for the Salter School Jan. 24 at Mechanics Hall in Worcester:

Fitchburg: Tatiana Garcia, Shaquitta Jones, Corrina-Lynn Miller, Erin Fergus, Shannan Denzel, Markita Mendez, Grace Santiago, Jennifer Vicioso

Gardner: Caitlin Erskine, Debra Maciorowski, Kelly Hill, Alyssa Traeye-Powell, Michael Boehnke

Leominster: Lyndsey Colvin, Melissa James, Yajaira Amaya, Heidi Bergeron, Melissa Garvey, Andrea Miner

Westminster: Molly Smith

Vanessa Yu, the daughter of Dr. Wankin J. Yu and Margaret Leong-Yu, earned high honors for the fall 2013 term at Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, N.H.

Matthew Caron and Katerina Stassen of Leominster and Sean Iacobene and Jack Reilly of Westminster were named to the dean's list for the fall 2013 semester at Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston.
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Date:Feb 21, 2014
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