Senior filmmaker awarded $2,500 Thea Scholarship

Another Mount St. Mary Academy senior has been named a winner in one of this year’s Thea Foundation Scholarship Competitions. Sophie Mammarelli was awarded the $2,500 Editing Scholarship in the 2020 Film Scholarship Competition.


High school seniors from across the state were invited to submit films to this year’s competition in one of the following categories: screenwriting, directing, cinematography and editing. Entries were judged by the Arkansas Cinema Society, and only four $2,500 scholarships were awarded.


Sophie’s scholarship-winning short film, starring classmate America Alejandri ’20, represented her interpretation of this year’s competition theme: “Brilliant, radiant, overcoming the senses.” View Sophie’s film online:


News of Sophie’s award didn’t come as a surprise for those who’ve worked with the budding filmmaker during her time at Mount St. Mary, where she’s assisted in producing numerous videos for the school.


“Sophie always goes above and beyond my expectations for our school and its news station, Belle TV,” said Carrie Burkhead, technology and media specialist at Mount. “Her talent, creativity and capacity to manage several projects continue to amaze me. I am very proud to have had Sophie as a student the past two years, and I will miss her dearly. I look forward to seeing what the future holds for her in the film industry.”


Sophie will attend the University of Central Arkansas in Conway this fall where she plans on majoring in film production.


Congratulations, Sophie!


Mount St. Mary Academy, sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, develops young women with a moral and intellectual foundation rooted in Catholic tradition. Mercy-minded and college-prepared, our students meet the future with wisdom, compassion and integrity.