The 2014 George and Icy Vaughn Performing Arts Scholarship Competition was held April 6th at the HJ Ricks Centre for the Arts. Seventeen high school seniors representing the four Hancock County high schools performed in the areas of vocal music, instrumental music, theatrical monologue, and dance.
Austin Fisher, a senior at Mt. Vernon High School, won first place for his vocal performance of “No More” by Stephen Sondheim. Austin was awarded a $7,500 scholarship.
Glen Axthelm, a senior at New Palestine High School, was awarded a $4,500 scholarship for his second place instrumental performance on his marimba of “Estudio Para Marimba #1” by Murray Houllif.
Cody Parker, a senior at New Palestine High School, won a $3,500 scholarship for his performance, which earned him third place. Cody performed the theatrical monologue “Bottoms Dream from ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’” by William Shakespeare.
Laura Galley, a senior at Mt. Vernon High School, won fourth place and a $2,500 scholarship for her dance performance of “Wild Horses” by Natasha Bedingfield.
Rachel Larsen, a senior at Greenfield-Central High School, won fifth place and a $1,500 scholarship for her vocal performance of “Che Faro Senza Euridice” by Christoph Willibald Gluck from Orfeo Ed Euridice.
The other 12 performers received a $500 participation scholarship. New to the Vaughn Performing Arts Competition this year was the People’s Choice Award. The recipient of this award was voted on by the audience. New Palestine High School’s Glen Axthelm was named the 2014 People’s Choice Winner. Glen received a trophy and New Palestine High School has the honor of displaying the People’s Choice Award trophy, with Glen’s engraved name, until next year’s competition. Most importantly, the New Palestine Band program will receive a $500 grant from the Hancock County Community Foundation.
George and 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.