Students and alumni using their talents
June 18, 2009

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From the Miss Louisiana pageant to competing in a film festival, Bryan students and alumni are using their gifts and talents this summer to live out Bryan’s mission of educating students to become servants of Christ to make a difference in today’s world.

Film Festival Competitors

This past weekend a film directed by junior Bryce McGuire was named “Best in Show” at Louisiana's Ponchatoula Strawberry JamFest Independent Film Festival. Among 30 other films, many of which were produced by Master's-level film students and working professionals, You Dropped Your Quarter was hailed as "delightful and uplifting." The film also won two awards—Best Short Narrative and Best Original Score—at the Broad Street Film Festival in April. Juniors Phillip Johnston and Colton Davie and senior Erica Heffelmire produced the film, and many other Bryan students were involved in this production.

Drama Team

Five alumni and students from the PCI (Practical Christian Involvement) drama ministries formed a new drama team that recently returned from a three-week summer tour through Tennessee, Kentucky, and Virginia. Their presentation, "Reflections," included drama, mime, and song and was based on James chapter one. It challenged Christians to take a closer look at their reflection in the Word. Bios and photos of team members Mary Clauson (’09), Corrine Cook (’09), Matt Samsel (’09), Wil Wade (’08), and senior Ben Cunningham, as well as other information about the Reflections Tour can be found on their website.

Miss Louisiana Pageant Contestant

Brittany McGehee (’09) of Ruston, La., will be competing in the Miss Louisiana Pageant in Monroe, La., June 18-20. The competition is a preliminary to the Miss America Pageant, the largest women’s competitive scholarship organization in the world. Brittany, a music and communications graduate, will use her talents on her platform of “STRIVE for Excellence”—a challenge to audiences of all ages to pursue excellence in Speech, Thought, Relationships, Influence, Values, and Education.  See follow-up story.

Lake Junaluska Singers

Juniors Elise Bacon and Jason Hundley and alumni Daniel Spivey and Elizabeth Murphy ('05), are traveling throughout the Southeast this summer with the 16-voice Lake Junaluska Singers directed by Dr. Glenn Draper. Their concerts “feature sacred music, folk tunes, gospel favorites, patriotic selections and music from Broadway.”  Elise and Jason are both music majors and are also members of the Bryan College Chamber Singers and the Bryan College Chorale. For photos, performance schedule, and ticket information for the North Carolina-based Lake Junaluska Singers, visit their website.