• Panola College Drama's production of The Exonerated brought home 20 awards from the TCCSTA State Play Festival held at LCS-Kingwood this past week. Superior Production Trophy, Kyree Williams, Sophomore, was awarded the Bill Morton Acting Challenge Award (best actor), Avery Tindol, Superior-Acting, Darian Upshaw and Carenza Johnson, Excellence in Acting, The following students were awarded a Director's Superior in the following Technical areas, Ben Charrez,Stage Mangement, Mariah Fulbright, Assistant Directing, Christin Lindgren, Dramaturgy and Lobby Design, Alex Dutton, Lighting Design, Laura "Alfy" Lindsey, Sound Design, Keelan Moses, Costume Design, Nicole Cassell, Make-up Design Kaycee Ricketson, Scene Design, Ethan Xiu, Projection Design. Receiving the Respondents Award for Excellence in Tech were Kaycee Ricketson for Scene Design and Shadow Play Design, Ethan Xiu for Projection Design, Dewey Brannan III for Scrim Lighting Design. Panolal College's entire cast and crew received the Honor Crew award as well. PC Drama Director Karen King said, "I am so proud of these students. At the end of our production as the house went dark for the curtain call, the entire audience rose to their feet as one to give a standing ovation. It was an incredible moment for our students!" March 2, 2015

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Ross finds a side talent

Ross finds a side talent

Ross Coskrey has been playing baseball since he was four years old. He played center field on the Midway High School team in Waco, and came to Panola College to play on a baseball scholarship. Most people just know that he is an outstanding baseball player and don’t know that he is an extremely talented artist. Coskrey has been involved in art activities since he was in kindergarten but started to take it seriously when he reached middle school.

“I started to learn different techniques to make my drawings and painting more realistic in 6th grade,” Coskrey says, “and it made me realize that I was good enough to take my artwork to the next level.”

During his sophomore year in high school, Coskrey started to become more serious about his artwork. He started to find ways to improve his artwork every time he made something.

“Being a perfectionist, I would never settle for just an average piece of work. I would always want to make changes and see little details that needed to be fixed,” Coskrey says.

Having this trait made him learn that there is always room for improvement and you can always become a better artist if you would work hard and keep with it.

Throughout his years in high school, Coskrey received many compliments on his work. “There were many times that my friends and family requested a piece of art from me. I probably painted or drew about 40 pieces of artwork throughout my four years in high school,” Coskrey says.

The great success and found talent he has had with his artwork have been a major stress relievers while being so focused on baseball throughout the years.

“Baseball makes me feel so uptight sometimes, so having a hobby to use as a getaway every once in a while is a plus,” Coskrey says.

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