Best Young Actress (2007)

Pam Covington

At 15, this Hockaday School 10th-grader already has played the great trifecta of young girls' roles: Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker, Mary Lennox in The Secret Garden and Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird. She's a star in major productions at Dallas Children's Theater, where she also volunteers in their theater summer camps. "I loved acting from the first time I was onstage," says Pam, who first hit the boards at age 5. She also has an interest in moviemaking and every Father's Day makes a short film for her dad, Dick, a Dallas lawyer who shed a few tears as he watched Pam play young Helen Keller. She says she hopes to study at an "artsy college" and continue acting for as long as she can. "The best thing you can have is an audience that laughs or gasps in the right places," says Pam. "The audience is one of the greatest parts about acting." And fine acting like Pam's is one of the great things about being in the audience.


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