The 2013 George and Icy Vaughn Performing Arts Scholarship Competition was held March 17 at the HJ Ricks Centre for the Arts. Sixteen high school seniors representing the four Hancock County high schools performed in the areas of vocal music, instrumental music, theatrical monologue, and dance.
Lauren Bailey, a senior at Mt. Vernon High School, won first place for her instrumental performance on the flute of “Nocturne et Allegro Scherzando” by Philippe Gaubert. Lauren was awarded a $7,000 scholarship.
Ali Kern, a senior at Greenfield-Central High School, was awarded a $4,000 scholarship and second place for her vocal performance of “Non so piu cosa son” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart..
Jamey Sell, a senior at New Palestine High School, won a $3,000 scholarship for his performance, which earned him third place. Jamey played “Concerto in G Minor” by G.F. Handel/Voxman on the tenor saxophone.
Patrick Stutz, a senior at Greenfield-Central High School, won fourth place and a $2,000 scholarship for his vocal performance of “O del mio dolce ardor by Christoph Willibald von Gluck.
Lauren Prazeau, a senior at Greenfield-Central High School, won fifth place and a $1,000 scholarship for her theatrical monologue of “Critic’s Monologue from ‘Play’” by Wade Bradford.
George an Icy Vaughn were Hancock County residents who loved the arts. They lived on a farm in rural Vernon Township where they loved to garden and tend to their horses. Icy loved to write poetry and sketch, and George loved music. After Icy passed away, George moved to a nursing home, where he was often entertained by local high school students who came to sing and dance for the residents. Because the Vaughns wanted others to be able to share their appreciation of the performing arts, they established a scholarship fund with the Hancock County Community Foundation to recognize the youth in Hancock County who enrich our lives.