Angelina College’s School of Visual and Performing Arts Celebrates Scholarship Recipients


Incoming, Returning Students Recognized in Ceremony

In a relatively new tradition that continues growing each year, Angelina College’s School of Visual and Performing Arts this past week celebrated both incoming and returning students with a Scholarship Signing Day held inside the Angelina Center for the Arts building. The ceremony featured 25 art students from throughout East Texas on hand to display their commitments to one of the AC’s four major arts divisions: Music, Choir, Theater, and Visual and Graphic Arts.

AC’s arts programs have a history of developing student talents for both personal growth and professional opportunities. Beckie Compton, AC’s Chair of Visual and Performing Arts, provided the welcome for both the students and their families.

“This is such a special day not only because you students get to meet your future instructors, but also because we instructors get to meet you and your families,” Compton said. “It gets us even more excited about the next year and what we’re going to accomplish together.”

Following is the list of students recognized (with high schools or hometowns of record), their chosen programs, and the corresponding instructors:

Music/Band (Paul Berler, instructor):  Janiez Jordan (Diboll), Even Cantu (Central), Andrew Gonzalez (Pennington), Jaden Hart (Groveton), Adrianna Vazquez (Groveton), Jacob Hall (Lufkin), Alex Mendoza (Lufkin) and Ethan Hazelbaker (Zavalla).

Choir (Beckie Compton, instructor):  Samantha Burns (Pineywoods Community Academy), LaJoy Head (Diboll), Cheslee Stidham (Hudson), Jessie Thornton (Lufkin), Jordan Boisdrenghien (Lufkin), Lachlan Carnley (Lufkin), and Katherine Lopez (Lufkin).  

Theater (Kary Raine, instructor): Gustavo Garcia (Lufkin), Zne Davis (Lufkin), Alexandra Megan Matt (Livingston), Makenna Hankins (Lufkin), Christopher Arredondo (Lufkin), Victoria Jacobo (Lufkin) and Devyn Hines (Lufkin).

Graphic Arts (Reg Reynolds, instructor): Riley Tate (Diboll), Grace Pivonka (Lufkin) and Yajaira Mendoza (Lufkin).

For further information on AC’s Visual and Performing arts programs, contact Beckie Compton at

For any other information regarding Angelina College, contact Krista Brown at

Gary Stallard
Sports Information Director Gary Stallard, who also serves as a Liberal Arts Instructor, begins his eleventh season with Angelina College. Following a career as a U.S. Marine, Stallard completed his bachelor’s degree at Stephen F. Austin University, where he majored in English and Journalism. For more than 16 years, he has worked as a sports writer/columnist/photographer for the Lufkin Daily News; he continues to contribute free-lance articles on occasion. Stallard has won several awards for writing, including the Golden Hoops Award for basketball writing in 2003, Regional Sports Writer of the Year in 2004, and the Texas Press Association’s first-place award for column writing in 2007 and in 2014. He has also done basketball, football and baseball radio and live streaming play-by- play and color commentary for an ESPN affiliate. Currently Stallard serves as play-by-play broadcaster for AC basketball, baseball and softball games. Prior to arriving at Angelina College, Stallard taught English at Lufkin High School for four years. He currently teaches Developmental Writing classes at AC. He and his wife Susan live in Lufkin.

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