SFA student John Burns (right) and peers receive the Albert Ruel Parrott Memorial Scholarship from Dr. Steven Bullard (middle), dean of the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, at the 2014 Forestry and Environmental Science Awards Convocation. Burns also received the Bone Hill Foundation Field Station Scholarship during the ceremony. (SFASU Photo)
NACOGDOCHES – John R. Burns of Crockett was awarded the Albert Ruel Parrott Memorial Scholarship and the Bone Hill Foundation Field Station Scholarship at the 2014 Forestry and Environmental Science Awards Convocation at Stephen F. Austin State University.
The Albert Ruel Parrott Memorial Scholarship was established through the SFA Alumni Association in 1992 by Jewell Esther Parrott to honor the memory of her late husband, Albert Ruel Parrott. Parrott was a lifelong resident of east Texas and a graduate of Garrison High School. He was associated with W. A. Parrott and Sons Sawmills, which operated for many years near the communities of Wells, Garrison, Blackjack and Chireno.
Burns, a sophomore majoring in forest wildlife management at the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, is confident that he made the right choice by enrolling at SFA. "I felt that SFA had the best forestry program in the state, and I am able to major in forestry and wildlife dually," Burns explained.
Burns' passion for land management and the outdoors will be an asset this summer as he attends SFA's six-week Forestry Field Station at the Piney Woods Conservation Center. In an effort to offset the rising cost of tuition and fees, The Bone Hill Foundation offers its Field Station Scholarship to those students attending the Forestry Field Station.
During his time at SFA, Burns has served as the secretary of the SFA Chapter of the Society of American Foresters, work project manager for SFA Sylvans, and is a member of Phi Eta Sigma honor society.
After graduation Burns hopes to work as a consulting forester and wildlife manager, and feels that his time spent at SFA has prepared him well for his future in natural resource management.
"The Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture has a wonderful forestry program," Burns said. "I feel that I will have a strong background to start my career when I graduate." Burns is the son of Gary Burns and the late Lori Burns of Crockett.
Auditions will be held for the Missoula Children's Theatre production of King Arthur's Quest at Crockett Civic Center Monday, June 16, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (noon). All those auditioning should arrive by 10 a.m. and plan to stay the full two hours.
A legal parent or guardian must register each child before they will be allowed to audition.
Most students will rehearse four hours each day, Monday through Friday.Some of the cast members will be asked to stay for a rehearsal immediately following the auditions.
Approximately 60 roles are available for local students. Students in first grade through twelfth grade are encouraged to audition. Students must have finished kindergarten.
There is no guarantee that everyone who auditions will be cast in the play. No advance preparation is necessary. Assistant directors will also be cast to aid in rehearsals throughout the week and to take on essential backstage responsibilities.
Missoula Children's Theatre touring productions are complete with costumes, scenery, props and makeup. The MCT Tour actor/directors will conduct rehearsals throughout the week. There is no charge to be in the production. If cast, participants are required to bring a lunch every day. Lunch will be at 12 p.m.
The performances are scheduled for Saturday, June 21 at 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. at the Crockett Civic Center.
This production is part of Missoula Children's Theatre unique international touring project and is presented locally by the Piney Woods Fine Arts Association. Registration forms are available at the Piney Woods Fine Arts Office or at www.pwfaa.org. For more information, Call 936-544-4276 between 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The Crockett Area Chamber of Commerce welcomed Crockett Trade Days and owners Mike and Sharon Cook with a ribbon cutting on Friday, May 16. Pictured with Mike and Sharon is Sharon's aunt, Peggy Telschow, the previous owner of Crockett Trade Days. Also pictured are Crockett Area Chamber Executive Director Sheila Thomas along with Ambassadors Karen Huffman, Rhonda Stanley and many area vendors and business owners. (Chamber Photo)