Two students with ties to Mexico are representing University of Central Missouri at a national competition.
Mexico native Riley Given and Wentzville native Jace Nielsen, whose extended family are Mexico residents, are Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region 5 Irene Ryan Acting Nominees vying for scholarships.
The regional competition is January 22 – 28 in Des Moines.
The Irene Ryan Acting Scholarships provide recognition, honor, and financial assistance to outstanding student performers.
The Irene Ryan Foundation awards sixteen regional and two national scholarships annually.
The foundation was established by Ryan, best known as Granny on the Beverly Hillbillies, prior to her death in 1973.