Angelina College’s School of Visual and Performing Arts Celebrates Scholarship Recipients

Incoming, Returning Students Recognized in Ceremony

AC News Service

As a relatively new tradition continues growing each year, Angelina College’s School of Visual and Performing Arts this past week celebrated both incoming and returning students with a Scholarship Signing Day held inside the Angelina Center for the Arts building. The ceremony featured 25 art students from throughout East Texas on-hand to display their commitments to one of the AC’s four major arts divisions: Music, Choir, Theater and Visual and Graphic Arts.

AC’s arts programs have a history of developing student talents for both personal growth and professional opportunities. Beckie Compton, AC’s Chair of Visual and Performing Arts, provided the welcome for both the students and their families.

“This is such a special day not only because you students get to meet your future instructors, but also because we instructors get to meet you and your families,” Compton said. “It gets us even more excited about the next year and what we’re going to accomplish together.”

Following is the list of students recognized (with high schools or hometowns of record), their chosen programs and the corresponding instructors:

Music/Band (Paul Berler, instructor):  Janiez Jordan (Diboll), Even Cantu (Central), Andrew Gonzalez (Pennington), Jaden Hart (Groveton), Adrianna Vazquez (Groveton), Jacob Hall (Lufkin), Alex Mendoza (Lufkin) and Ethan Hazelbaker (Zavalla).

Choir (Beckie Compton, instructor):  Samantha Burns (Pineywoods Community Academy), LaJoy Head (Diboll), Cheslee Stidham (Hudson), Jessie Thornton (Lufkin), Jordan Boisdrenghien (Lufkin), Lachlan Carnley (Lufkin), and Katherine Lopez (Lufkin).  

Theater (Kary Raine, instructor): Gustavo Garcia (Lufkin), Zne Davis (Lufkin), Alexandra Megan Matt (Livingston), Makenna Hankins (Lufkin), Christopher Arredondo (Lufkin), Victoria Jacobo (Lufkin) and Devyn Hines (Lufkin).

Graphic Arts (Reg Reynolds, instructor): Riley Tate (Diboll), Grace Pivonka (Lufkin) and Yajaira Mendoza (Lufkin).

For further information on AC’s Visual and Performing arts programs, contact Beckie Compton at

For any other information regarding Angelina College, contact Krista Brown at

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Angelina College’s School of Visual and Performing Arts last week held a signing ceremony for 25 incoming and returning students committed to AC’s Visual Arts, Graphic Arts, Theater, Choir or Music programs. (Gary Stallard/AC News Service)