CONYERS — As students count down the final days of the 2018-19 school year, the Heritage High School Patriot Players celebrated graduating seniors with a special lunch Wednesday afternoon.

Out of the group of 26, seven are graduating. But even more importantly, a few plan on pursuing their passion for acting beyond high school.

Dexter Holmes will attend Fort Valley University in the fall with plans to attain a bachelor’s degree in film and mass communications.

Cecily Davis will attend Howard University for theatre and film.

Amarih Matthews will pursue film at Kennesaw State University.

“This group of kids has exemplary talent, passion and integrity,” said Jacade Long, Fire Safety Educator for Rockdale County Fire Rescue, who has been working with the troupe since 2017. “I’m proud to see the improvements they have made, not just on the stage but as young adults.”

Michelle Thorne, HHS theater teacher, is also proud of all the hard work her students have put in and only hopes to be able to give the same amount of energy back.

The remaining actors of Troupe 4048 will travel to the International Thespian Conference in Lincoln, Nebraska, held June 23 to July 1.

The young actors are accepting donations in order to purchase their tickets for the conference.

For more information, email Thorne at

Covington native and proud Valdosta State alumna, Hunter has previously worked with The Covington News and Valdosta Daily Times. She started working for Rockdale/Newton Citizen in June 2018.

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