School: Lugoff-Elgin High
Graduation date: June 1
We understand you have a passion for drama and theater. Tell us about that.
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Bartlett: I have enjoyed acting since I was in elementary school. The first role I played was one of the ugly stepsisters in “Cinderella.” Later, when I entered high school, I noticed an article in the school newspaper that mentioned drama auditions and I decided to give it a try. After my first play, I was hooked. I currently perform not only in school productions but for Theatre Rowe Community Theater in Richland Mall.
Favorite stage production you’ve seen?
Bartlett: When I was in ninth grade our drama teacher, Ms. McCullum, showed us a stage production of “Into the Woods.” I absolutely loved how it brought all of the fairy tales together and spun them into one big, wonderful story. It was mesmerizing, watching several wonderful actors working together to create a terrific play.
Favorite character you’ve played?
Bartlett: I consider my favorite character that I have played the Latin firecracker, Theresa Maria Garcia. I got the privilege to be her in the show, “Death by Disco” over at Theatre Rowe in Richland Mall. It was amazing to become someone who is completely different from me as a person.
Often, interest in things like drama starts at an early age. What kinds of games did you like to play as a child? What kinds of things did you stage?
Bartlett: When I was a kid, I loved playing dress up. I thought it was so much fun to pretend to be a princess or a witch. I loved imagining what it would be like to be someone else, and I guess that is where my interest in acting started.
We hear you’re an accomplished equestrian, too. Talk about that.
Bartlett: I am currently 17 and have been an avid equestrian for 14 years. My parents bought me my first pony, Moonshine, at age 6. I take regular lessons with trainer Kathy Faulk. I compete regularly as an eventer, at the Novice level. I am a member of the USPC, USEA and USEF. My horse (and partner in crime) is named Charlie Brown and we have been a team for three years.
Tell us about your plans after graduation.
Bartlett: I have been accepted to USC Aiken and will be attending there as a freshman this fall. I haven’t actually decided what I would like to major in, but I am considering theater or communications. I love acting but I also love languages, so I am undecided. I am also looking forward to participating in the honors program and on the equestrian team.
What song sums up your high school years?
Bartlett: One song that sums up my high school years is “Time of Your Life,” by Green Day. I know that the past four years are going to be some of the best years of my life. I have made lifelong friends and I know that they have helped make me the person I am today.
If you could only keep one object from high school for a box of treasured possessions, what would it be?
Bartlett: I think it would have to be my yearbooks. I love looking at the pictures of all of my classmates and reading their comments that they wrote. When I look through old ones, they bring back memories of the great times I have had and memories that will last a lifetime.
What’s the biggest life lesson you learned from a teacher?
Bartlett: I think the biggest life lesson that I have learned is that hard work is the key to getting where you want to be. If you do not work hard in life, then it will ultimately be harder to reach your goals and you will fail. Hard work is the key to happiness and a good life because you can’t expect more than you are willing to give. Thank you to all my teachers at Lugoff-Elgin High School.