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First year dramatic performance major Isaac Hickox-Young.

Freshman Drama Major Isaac Hickox-Young Receives Cincinnatus Presidential Award

CCM Drama Student Isaac Hickox-Young

This fall, one CCM freshman has joined the ranks of a rarefied group at the University of Cincinnati. 18-year old Isaac Hickox-Young of Reno, Nevada, has been awarded a prestigious Cincinnatus Presidential Award for Outstanding Academics and Service.

A graduate of Damonte Ranch High School and a National Merit Finalist, Hickox-Young receives full tuition for four years, room and board, and books and fees all covered through the Cincinnatus award.

A son of professional musicians, Hickox-Young is majoring in dramatic performance at CCM.

“As a prestigious and challenging arts institution, CCM is very well known, even in a smallish west coast town like Reno,” says Hickox-Young. “That’s what originally led me to the University of Cincinnati.”

The Advanced Placement scholar was active in high school drama and was an International Honor Thespian, while also participating in choir and orchestra. His service activities included volunteering with the Reno Historical Preservation Society and Theatreworks of Northern Nevada.

At UC, he will be joining the University Honors Program for academically talented students.

“I grew up with an understanding that the arts are invaluable,” says Hickox-Young. “As I got older, especially when I was in high school, I found theatre to be a remarkable method of expression, capable of inciting great change, so I opted to pursue it as a career.”

CCM Drama Chair Richard E. Hess says, “I am lucky to have the chance to watch 300 or more high school students perform audition monologues for colleges at the International Thespian Conference in Lincoln, Nebraska, each June. When Isaac performed a piece from Harold Pinter’s The Birthday Party, I sat up straight, relaxed into his smart and mature work, and thought: now there’s an actor!”

The University of Cincinnati's campus-wide scholarship program recognizes academic excellence in high school and provides financial assistance to students while enhancing their education through community service.

Because service is so highly valued at UC, the university named its keystone scholarship program for Cincinnatus – regarded as the ultimate model of selfless, heroic deeds. This humble farmer led his city to victory in a great battle in 458 BC. His success was so great that he could have claimed the right to rule Rome. The citizens continually pressed him to accept the dictatorship. For Cincinnatus, however, it was enough that his city was safe, and he returned to his farm.

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