Guild recognizes Ballet Dalton graduates

Ballet Dalton Senior Company graduates. In front, from left, are Elyse Rann, Abby Crossen and Taylor Stallings. In back are Kate Havelin, Ariel Bruner and Gabby Shatz.

 

The Creative Arts Guild Dance Department says farewell to its six graduating seniors. The following dancers will head off this fall to pursue their educational goals and career directions.

Ariel Bruner: A dance student for 15 years with seven of those as a Ballet Dalton Company member including numerous soloist roles, Ariel competed in the Youth America Grand Prix program for many years. She graduated recently from Northwest Whitfield High School where she was on the honor roll all four years. She plans to attend Dalton State College in the fall to pursue an associate's degree in biology and then work toward a bachelor's degree in physical therapy.

Abby Crossen: A dance student for 13 years, seven of those as a Ballet Dalton Company member and soloist performing many roles with the company, Abby graduated recently from Northwest Whitfield High School with Honors with Distinction and will attend Kennesaw State University in the fall to major in nursing. She competed in the Youth America Grand Prix program and received numerous honors including the "all A's" honor roll every year, the presidential service award, UGA Certificate of Merit, Girls State Award, U.S. Marine Corps Scholastic Excellence Award, Academic Letter and two bars.

Her scholarships include the NGEMC Mark Pace Memorial Scholarship, TVA Power-Play Scholarship, Rotary Club Outstanding Humanities Student Scholarship and Kiwanis Club Scholarship. Organization memberships included Beta Club, National Honor Society, Key Club, Spanish National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America, Dance Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Digital Design Team, and she participated in Service Learning class, volunteering five days a week with local organizations.

Kate Havelin: A dance student for 11 years, Kate was a Ballet Dalton Company member for four years and a soloist with the company. She graduated recently from Dalton High School and plans to attend Dalton State College in the fall to pursue a bachelor's degree in business administration.

Elyse Rann: A dance student for 11 years, five of those as a Ballet Dalton Company member and soloist, Elyse competed in the Youth America Grand Prix Program and recently graduated from Northwest Whitfield High School where she was on the honor roll all four years. Elyse plans to attend Dalton State College in the fall and major in nursing.

Gabby Shatz: A dance student for 11 years with two of those as a Ballet Dalton Company member and soloist, Gabby participated in the Youth America Grand Prix program for two years. She also participated in archery, Spanish National Honor Society, French National Honor Society, National Honor Society, Beta Club, Big Buddy Program, and she volunteered at the local hospital. She recently graduated from Coahulla Creek High School, having received honor awards all four years, including the Georgia Scholar Award. She plans to attend the University of Georgia in the fall and major in biology.

Taylor Stallings: A dance student for a total of nine years, seven of which were as a Ballet Dalton Company member and soloist, Taylor competed in the Youth America Grand Prix program and was a Beta Club member and on the honor roll for many years. She graduated recently from Northwest Whitfield High School and plans to attend the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in the fall.

Guild Dance Director Jessie Fincher said she will miss these super-talented young ladies and expressed some special thoughts about them:

"Ariel's ability to stay above the fray and make positivity her priority will guide her well throughout her life.

"Abby's unparalleled work ethic and happy spirit make teaching her a true pleasure.

"Kate's gift of a loving and fiercely protective heart will always guide her to stand up for those who can't always stand up on their own.

"Elyse's focus and drive will make her a sure success, and while she may often be quiet, when she speaks up ... you better listen because what she has to say matters.

"Gabby's ability to lead, along with knowing when to not take herself too seriously, makes her so charming and so easy to love.

"And finally, Taylor's sense of humor will keep those around her laughing, and her artistry will keep those around her inspired."

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