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Sara Nelson

Sara Mae Nelson of Fairfield Glade will graduate this Thursday, May 20, with the Class of 2010 from Stone Memorial High School. Sara graduates with a 4.0 GPA and is ranked at number 8 in the Top Ten of her graduating class.

All of Sara's family and friends are invited to take part in celebrating Sara's graduation in the Fellowship Hall, Sunday, May 23, after each service at the Fairfield Glade United Methodist Church. Sara has been a member of Fairfield Glade United Methodist Church her entire life, was baptized there as an infant and was confirmed there as a member when she was an early teen.

Many of you may know Sara as she has been extremely active at the Cumberland County Playhouse since she was five years old. She has taken dance for 14 years and has been in dozens of plays and productions. She is currently performing in Hello, Dolly! at CCP.

Along with dance, acting, school, the SMHS dance team, BETA Club, Theater Club and teaching dance at the Playhouse for the past six years, Sara will graduate with a 4.0 in the Top 10 of her graduating class.

Since there is no college in Tennessee, public or private, that offers a degree in dance, Sara will have to attend a college out of state in order to pursue her dream. She plans to attend the University of Florida in order to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. Nearly 200 students auditioned to get into the program this year and Sara was one of only 10 students who were admitted into the program for the fall 2010 semester. It is an extensive program.

Dance has inspired, changed and fostered her abilities and has opened her eyes to how dance therapy can change others’ lives. Teaching her Arc of Cumberland County (special needs) students’ dance class at the Playhouse, has allowed Sara to see that she wants to continue helping others through teaching

dance.

Out-of-state tuition is going to be expensive and unfortunately, many scholarship committees and groups will not offer Sara a scholarship award because she is attending a school outside of the state of Tennessee.

Her parents, Gary and Kim Nelson, say Sara is proof that bringing up children with a strong faith in God and lots of love and support can work even in today’s world.

Please celebrate the family's joy Sunday, May 23, after each service at Fairfield Glade United Methodist Church. An open house will also be held in the Fellowship Hall at the church on the same day from 1 to 5 p.m.

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