Kesecker is Student of Excellence
Berkeley Springs High School senior Nativa Kesecker was recognized as one of the 2012 EQT Students of Excellence in a recent State Journal publication. Kesecker has been active in community and high school theater. She was nominated for the award by Jeanne Mozier.
Kesecker starred in the lead role in “Peter Pan” and “Annie” and also as Abigail Williams in “The Crucible” in Morgan Arts Council community theater productions. In Berkeley Springs High School theater productions, she played the role of Scapin in “That Rascal Scapin” and Kyli in “The Election.”
Kesecker said her theater interest began when she took a Morgan Arts Council creative dramatics class with instructor Margi Griffiths when she was age five or six. Her first role was as Mustard Seed the Fairy in “A Mid-Summer’s Night Dream,” an Ice House production directed by Tom and Beth Brooks.
Kesecker has participated in student council during all four years of high school. She has been student council president of her class since sophomore year and is also their treasurer this year. Kesecker is involved in the high school yearbook production.
Kesecker plays snare drum in marching band and is drum captain. She was also the high school homecoming queen this year.
Kesecker plans to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts in acting in college. She has been accepted at West Virginia University, but is waiting to hear from George Mason University. Kesecker is also applying to New York University.
Kesecker’s goal is to get her degree and to keep acting, whether it’s on stage or in films. She said she’s been blessed with so many roles and that they’ve done so many great plays here in the community. Kesecker is gearing up for auditions for “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.”
The EQT Corporation Students of Excellence recognition program is in its fourth year. Their foundation sponsors $1,000 scholarships for one outstanding student in each of the state’s 55 counties.
EQT Foundation also offers three complete four-year scholarships up to $18,000 a year to students interested in studying engineering, geology, computer science/information technology, energy or land management and environmental or safety science, according to the State Journal.