Breathitt High School is extremely proud of Breana Lovins for being accepted to the Governor’s School for the Arts for Drama. Governor’s School for the Arts (GSA) is an arts education program of The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts. The summer program guides Kentucky’s finest young artists through three week of incredibly intense arts instruction. Breanna describes her journey to this extraordinary accomplishment throughout the essay that follows:
For the past two years I have been working as hard as physically and mentally possible towards acceptance into the drama portion of the Governor's School for the Arts program where I hoped to meet students from all over Kentucky who share my passion for theatre. I looked forward to the three week journey with them to improve our skills and learn from one another each day. With full support from all my teachers, peers, and theatre/music department, I decided to apply during my sophomore year despite the fear of what may come!
To my surprise, I was accepted into the Finalist Rounds where I would go and audition in person to qualify for acceptance. Although I did not make it into the program as a sophomore, Sterling Harris, Bobby Shouse, and the entire Theatre Troupe (especially the spring 2019 cast of “Little Shop of Horrors”) made sure I knew they were not about to let me give up!!!
I was unsure about applying this year as a junior because I was afraid of rejection, but Mr. Harris and Mr. Shouse worked with me and encouraged me until they were blue in the face. So, I submitted my second application and was accepted as a Finalist! Mr. Harris and the Theatre Troupe practiced every acting exercise there was with me to ensure my confidence in myself. They made sure to see me through all the doubts and worries I had and made me feel like a star, no matter what happened with the final decision on April 17.
For weeks I was worried about letting them down, but they all kept reassuring and encouraging me to stay positive. And, on Friday April 17, I found out that I was the first student of Breathitt County High School to be accepted into the Governor’s School for the Arts program, as well as the first resident of Breathitt County to ever make it!!
I would like to encourage all upcoming sophomores and juniors to take a look at GSA and the other Governor Scholar programs. Although it may seem scary, you will have Breathitt High’s full support no matter what. I am so beyond thankful and blessed with such a fantastic school, so many encouraging teachers, such a supportive Theatre Troupe, and all of my lovely friends; all of whom were with me the entire way. Thank you for your support Breathitt County. I will do my best to make you proud.
Congratulations, Breana! Everyone at Breathitt High School wishes you much success during your three weeks at GSA.