The N.C. Theatre Conference recently held its annual state competition, and Nkeki Obi-Melekwe from Central Academy of Technology and Arts (in Monroe), along with Blake Smith from East Henderson High, won Outstanding Achievement in Acting awards. These brought scholarship offers from three schools: Lenoir-Rhyne University and Catawba College offered each of them a $20,000 scholarship, and Greensboro College offered each a $30,000 scholarship.
Also receiving $30,000 scholarship offers from Greensboro College were Anna Farish from Charlotte Christian, Regina Grier from Northwest School of the Arts, Jasmine Henderson from Pinecrest High, and Ashton Kent from Butler High
Brooke Elam and Jordan Sullivan from Porter Ridge High won an award for excellence in playwriting for Whats Left of Us. Winning excellence in acting awards were Asa Gardiner from Carolina Day School, Dayna Hodge Lynch from Central Academy of Technology and Arts, Logan Boone from Mountain Heritage High, Aubrey Young from Butler High, John Gupton from E.A. Laney High, Zina Card from Weaver Academy, Kristian Andrewson from Northwest School of the Arts, Tess Colby from Hoggard High, McKenzie Pauley from Mountain Heritage High, and Chappell Hartsell from Weaver Academy.