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Jensen Fleisher named recipient of SETC Secondary School Scholarship

posted Jun 16, 2016, 6:59 AM by Haley McDougal
For Jensen Fleisher, a 2016 graduate of Kings Mountain High School, theatre is about more than just performing—it’s about love, making the world a better place, and her future livelihood.

Fleisher received the 2016 Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC) Secondary School Scholarship and was recognized at the June 13th Board of Education meeting for being the only recipient in the entire 10-state region of the national-level recognition. She said the honor of receiving it proved to herself that she could succeed in the future.

“I felt like nothing could really convince me I was less than anything else but greatness,” said Fleisher. 

The scholarship is given to a high school student who plans to attend a college or university in the SETC region and major in Theatre Arts. The student must display the potential for academic success in college and possess an aptitude in theatrical practices.

Fleisher became involved in the theatre department her freshman year of high school and has since participated in numerous musicals and plays, including Hairspray and Little Shop of Horrors. She plans to attend The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she hopes to get her Bachelor of Fine Arts in acting with a minor in musical theatre.

She applied for the scholarship early this year, a process that included an intensive questionnaire, recommendations, an artistic-based essay, an essay explaining why she deserved the scholarship, a resume, and a headshot. 

“I decided that I needed to help my parents in every way possible to pay for my college tuition. I knew that I had a strong chance at any talent/performing arts-based scholarship, but for every talented person in the world, there's a hundred more,” said Fleisher. “I am determined and strong-willed, so competition doesn't scare me. I can't let it in order to be successful in this world.”

Along with $1,000 in scholarship money, she will receive a complimentary one-year student membership in SETC, complimentary registration and lodging for the 2017 SETC Annual Convention, a ticket for and recognition at the Annual Awards Banquet at the 2017 Convention, and a featured spot on the SETC website. Dan Treharne and Heather Achter, theatre teachers at Kings Mountain High, presented her with the honor at the board meeting.

Fleisher said high school theatre taught her how to love, push through, and appreciate everything life sent her way.

“Life can sometimes be short. Dan Treharne, my director, taught me how to celebrate new actors and members of any department, show, or company,” said Fleisher. “He taught me that love comes first, then hard work and determination, and then finally the success.”
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