Angelina College’s School of Visual and Performing Arts Celebrates Scholarship Recipients: Incoming Students Commit to Various AC Arts Programs

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Gary Stallard
Sports Information Director Gary Stallard, who also serves as a Liberal Arts Instructor, begins his eleventh season with Angelina College. Following a career as a U.S. Marine, Stallard completed his bachelor’s degree at Stephen F. Austin University, where he majored in English and Journalism. For more than 16 years, he has worked as a sports writer/columnist/photographer for the Lufkin Daily News; he continues to contribute free-lance articles on occasion. Stallard has won several awards for writing, including the Golden Hoops Award for basketball writing in 2003, Regional Sports Writer of the Year in 2004, and the Texas Press Association’s first-place award for column writing in 2007 and in 2014. He has also done basketball, football and baseball radio and live streaming play-by- play and color commentary for an ESPN affiliate. Currently Stallard serves as play-by-play broadcaster for AC basketball, baseball and softball games. Prior to arriving at Angelina College, Stallard taught English at Lufkin High School for four years. He currently teaches Developmental Writing classes at AC. He and his wife Susan live in Lufkin.

Angelina College’s School of Visual and Performing Arts last week held another Scholarship Signing Day inside the Angelina Center for the Arts building, with incoming students from throughout East Texas on hand to sign their scholarship letters to join one of the school’s four major arts divisions: Visual and Graphic Arts, Theater, Choir and Music.

AC’s arts programs have a history of developing student talents for both personal growth and professional opportunities.

Following is the list of students (with hometowns of record), their chosen programs, and the corresponding instructors:

Graphic Arts (Reg Reynolds, instructor): Daphne Ortiz (Lufkin), Robyn Assuncao (Livingston), Thoren Flowers (Diboll), and Ryleigh Swann (Nacogdoches).

Theater (Kary Raine, instructor): Eryn Forrest (Apple Springs) and Aydn Self (Lufkin).

Choir (Beckie Compton, instructor): LaJoy Hood (Lufkin), Jordan Boisdrenghien (Lufkin) and Anais Vasquez (Lufkin).

Band (Paul Berler, instructor): Matthew Townsend (Pollok).

For further information on AC’s Visual and Performing Arts programs, contact Beckie Compton at

For any other information regarding Angelina College, contact Krista Brown at


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