A new scholarship to promote education in Fine Arts has been established in memory of Tom Tebbenhoff a long-time member of the Belleville Kiwanis Club who had a passion for photography and theatre. Tom graduated from Southern Illinois University Carbondale with a Master of Fine Arts degree and a Theatre major.
This award will be given to a graduating Belleville West Senior who will be pursuing a degree in Art or Theatre Arts.
The first recipient Mason Hagarty’s impressive background in theatre includes lighting, box office, and serving as student tech director on a number of shows as well as membership in the school’s Thespian Troup. Additionally Mason serves on technical crews for several professional theatres and venues in St Louis.
In addition to theatre involvement, Mason has performed in several of the school’s choirs and has assisted with music instruction. Mason is also a member of the National Honor Society and has been active in community service and leadership activities as an officer in the Belleville West Key Club.