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Teen receives art scholarship
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 Talented Covington artist Bartavious Weaver added another $500 college scholarship to his list Wednesday.

Members of the Southern Heartland Art Gallery awarded Weaver their annual scholarship because of his volunteering and creativity. A 2007 graduate of Eastside High School, he will attend Savannah College of Art and Design this fall.

Weaver met gallery director, Elise Hammond, when he came to volunteer at the children's art camp this summer.

"He's an exceptional artist and man," Hammond said. "He's dependable and very pleasant to work with and very polite."

Artist Carol Veliotis said Weaver helped her with the odds and ends of instruction and showed the children how to make a masterpiece out of a scribble.

"He's been such a great volunteer," Veliotis said. "He inspires the children - he's just great with them."

Weaver, who creates incredibly realistic portraits with graphic pencils, helped the instructors and students at all three of the gallery's four-day art camps.

"I just wanted to do something with art during the summer - it's pretty boring if you don't," Weaver said.

Making movie posters and DVD covers is Weaver's dream job, so he plans to study graphic design at SCAD.

Recent film posters for "The Departed," "Apocalypto" and "Smokin' Aces" caught his eye.

"I looked at those and said 'I wish I could do something like that, and as far as the money goes, it's perfect for me," Weaver smiled.

He hopes to work in Atlanta after he graduates from college.

Weaver is by no means a stranger to scholarship money and special recognition. Last summer he participated in the Governor's Honor Program as an art major.

He recently received a medallion and $100 McDonald's gift card as part of the restaurant's Ray Kroc Award for academic excellence.

He also received another $500 scholarship from a national fraternal organization.

Because he placed first in the Congressional Art Competition, Weaver was awarded $5,000 for college tuition.

Last but certainly not least, he will receive a $10,000 scholarship from SCAD for each year he maintains a 3.0 grade point average.

Still, he is grateful for the special consideration given to him by the art gallery.

 "I just want to tell the ladies thank you very much for giving me the opportunity to teach kids and learn from them - because I learned from them too," Weaver said, "and thank you so much for the scholarship.