2014 Davenport House Community Service Scholarship
Each year the Davenport House Museum recruits and trains teenagers to become tour guides through two Junior Interpreter programs – one offered in the summer which is open to any interested student and the other offered in the fall to students through Savannah Arts Academy’s American history classes. These programs have been a proving ground, producing a remarkable number of museum ambassadors who have gone on to become stand-out students in high school and later in college. To acknowledge this record, in March 2011 the Davenport House Endowment Directors initiated a scholarship for an outstanding high school student who demonstrates qualities which put the museum and its community in the best light. This year the Davenport House Museum recognizes Liana Mosley of Savannah Arts Academy with the 2014 Davenport House Community Service Scholarship. All graduating seniors associated with the Museum including Mosley will be recognized at the annual Spring Garden Party to be held on Sunday, June 1.
Liana Mosley, the daughter of Carol S. Mosely of Savannah, came to the Museum as a member of the fall 2011 Savannah Arts Academy Junior Interpreter (SAA JI) Class. She was a standout in her class of fifteen talented young people. Shortly after she completed the program, she was hired as a staff docent leading tours of the historic site on weekends and during holidays. The Museum is particular about its front-line personnel and from the beginning Liana exemplified the best of what the Museum hopes to offer all of its visitors – an engaged, articulate and joyful interpreter eager to serve them.
After being hired, she continued her commitment to the Davenport House as a volunteer. She has participated in the Museum’s October living history program – Dreadful Pestilence: Savannah’s Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1820 – as a singer and performer. For three years she has volunteered for Holiday Evening Tours by Candlelight the week between Christmas and New Year’s. She has helped as a volunteer with SuperMuseumSunday and as a docent during the Savannah Tour of Homes and Gardens. In fact, she has participated if every opportunity presented to her that her schedule allows.
Of impact has been her recruitment of fellow Savannah Arts Academy students to the JI program. Through her encouragement four classmates participated in the summer 2013 JI program. She mentors her classmates and younger JIs. She attends monthly meetings and is eager to be involved in Museum activities. She is excited with new research and initiatives.
At SAA she is ranked fifth in her class and is a member of the Beta Club, National English Honor Society and National Spanish Honor Society. She is a senior leader in the Seniors Offering Freshman Aid and Vice President of the Tri-M Music Honor Society. She is an athlete, having been on SAA’s cross country team and soccer team. She volunteers with the Sampaguita Dance Troop and is a senior advisor with St. Frances Cabrini Youth. Most impressive is her musical talent. She is a singer with SAA vocal group “Skylarks”, she fronts SAA’s Skylite Jazz Band and is vocal director for SAA Show Band, “Eclipse.” She is a choir member of St. John the Baptist Cathedral Choir and a cantor for St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church.
Liana is weighing her college options. With all of her activities, plans and commitments, she loves the DH, writing, “I consider my time at the DH my greatest accomplishment in high school; it has taught me so many valuable life skills and lessons like professionalism, confidence, and positivity.” Of her plans for the future she writes, “I plan to be either a doctor or a professional singer. Go big or go home!” Having Liana Mosley and students like her find an affinity for the Davenport House makes it relevant and exciting.