The Sampson Arts Council and the Sampson Community Theatre recently announced that Matthew Raynor, a June graduate of Hobbton High School, is the recipient of the 2014 Lois Weaver Arts Scholarship in the amount of $500. According to boards for both groups, the scholarship is awarded annually to an outstanding student who has made a contribution to the community through involvement in the arts, and plans to major or minor in Visual Art, Dance, Theatre, Arts Education, Graphic Design, Photography or any Arts related field.
Raynor plans to attend Appalachian State University in the fall where he will major in International Business and minor in Theatre or Graphic Design. Once he attains his degree, he hopes to work for a company that has strong family values, such as the Walt Disney Company.
He has performed in numerous plays/musicals at Hobbton High School and the Sampson Community Theatre, including “Grease,” “Hairspray,” “Seussical the Musical,” and “Happy Days the Musical.” He was class president his senior year and also crowned Mr. Hobbton 2014. He participated in the HHS Drama Club four years and was president his junior and senior years.
The SCT and the SAC were also impressed by Matthew’s academic achievements and participation in clubs, volunteering in his community, and awards he has received, group members said. “We wish Matthew the best in all of his future Arts endeavors.”
(Editor’s note: Kari Donatelli is executive director of the Sampson Arts Council.)