2020 John & Donna Saltzman Scholarship recipients announced

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The Batesville Community Theatre and the Batesville Area Arts Council (BAAC) have announced the 2020 recipients of the John & Donna Saltzman Scholarships. 

The John & Donna Saltzman Scholarship is given to two graduating seniors who have shown outstanding performance in the arts and humanities. John and Donna Saltzman were proponents of all of the arts and worked with students and adults in our community for over twenty years. Their devotion to theatre and the arts set them apart in the fast-paced world in which we live, a BAAC representative noted in a media release. 

This year’s scholarship recipients are Kenly Long (pictured above, left) and Ainsley Walker (right) from Batesville High School.

The nomination for Long emphasized her strong work ethic and ability to balance many roles and obstacles, BAAC said. 

“Even with sleepless nights, a bustling schedule, and all the other struggles high school students face, Kenly always manages to keep a smile on her face,” said Hannah Cummins, Long’s theatre instructor at Batesville High School. 

Long plans to pursue her passion for theatre by majoring in Acting at the University of Arkansas.

Ainsley Walker’s nominator highlighted her activity in the Batesville Community Theatre, where she played a wide assortment of roles and helped with costumes and sets. 

Walker has also been a drum major with the BHS marching band and is particularly interested in English as a subject. 

Walker plans to attend Hendrix in the fall to study cultural anthropology and writing. She also plans to continue her involvement in the arts through theatre and band.

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