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Sequoyah HS theater director now in Ga. Thespians Hall of Fame
Sequoyah HS theater director now in Ga. Thespians Hall of Fame

CANTON, Ga. -- The theater director at Cherokee County's Sequoyah High School is the newest member of the Georgia Thespians Hall of Fame.

Gerald Parker was honored with a surprise induction during this year's Georgia Thespian Festival in Columbus.

Parker began working at Sequoyah in 1990 and became assistant director of the school's thespian troupe the following year. He was named head of the theater department in 2006 and went on to become chair of the fine arts department in 2010. He was also honored as Sequoyah's Teacher of the Year in 2012.

Since taking over the theater department, Parker has led Sequoyah to a number of local honors, including the Schuler Hensley Awards for Excellence in High School Musical Theatre. In 2012, his student, Ben Fierke, was cast as the lead in an International Thespian Festival production of Aida.

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Parker earned a bachelor's degree from Shorter College, a master's in education from the University of Alabama and an education specialist degree from Lincoln Memorial University.

"Gerald has taken the Sequoyah theatre program to newer and exciting opportunities. He has expanded the program and continues to look for creative adventures for his students," former Sequoyah theater director Janice Lewis said. "He is a good teacher, a studious theatre director and a caring person."

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