2024 TroyFest Scholarship Winners

Published 7:54 pm Friday, April 19, 2024

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Jean Lake Scholarship Winner

Mary Samson Dunn –

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Charles Henderson High School

Mary Samson’s first painting was a flower in preschool.

“I was hooked, Mary Samson said. “I have experimented with a variety of mediums and love them all, which is evident in my portfolio.”

Mary Samson is especially interested in photo realism and pencil drawing.

“One of my portfolio pieces was completed in 90 seconds as an entertainment talent in Distinguished Young Women,” she said. “In contrast, ‘High Tide’ required hours of painting watercolor tones and tediously recreating my favorite memories of family vacations.”

As a people watcher, even strangers, have become the main subjects depicted in her art. She loves seeing the world through art.

Congratulations, Mary Samson!

All the best at Auburn University!

Charles Adams Scholarship Winner

Jesall Patel –

Charles Henderson High School

“The artwork I have turned in for this scholarship is work I have done for my (AP) Advanced Placement art portfolio, Jesall said.  “The basis for my portfolio is objects that look ordinary but are actually items passed down from generations.”

Jesall said gathering items to do this project was a journey through time and family history.

“Each object carries with it a story, a memory and a sense of connection to my family’s past,” Jesall said. “After photographing the objects, I then began to sketch and color each individual piece. I had so much fun when creating these pieces and I hope others will enjoy them as well.”

Congratulations, Jesall!

All the best at the University of Alabama at Birmingham!