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CONTACT: Mark Kaufman 860-355-0025
The Shepaug Friends of Music has announced the recipients of their 2007 Scholarship Awards.
The Spring Choral Concert at Shepaug High School was an exciting evening for all in attendance because of the diverse musical offerings provided by the Shepaug Choral and Band programs; but four graduating seniors went home more excited than the rest. They are the recipients of the Shepaug Friends of Music annual scholarships.
Shepaug Friends of Music provides scholarships on an annual basis for students who have made significant contributions to music and music programming at Shepaug High School. This includes public as well as academic performances, participation in Shepaug music programs and a willingness to assist others while championing the role of music at Shepaug.
This year four scholarships were presented, two Merit Scholarships and two Recurring Scholarships. The Recurring Scholarship is new this year and is presented to graduates who are pursuing music as a career. The recipient receives an award each year for four years, provided the recipient maintains his or her status as a music major.
Shepaug Friends of Music is dedicated to fostering an appreciation of music among students who reside in the Shepaug Valley Region by providing training and performances that go beyond the opportunities available through existing educational curriculum. Perhaps the most significant contribution SFOM makes every year is the presentation of scholarships to several graduating Seniors.
The first scholarship was presented in 2004, which was also the inception of SFOM. Since that time, the organization has presented over $20,000 in scholarships to graduating students.
This year’s recipients were: Sarah Edwards, David Easter, Jenna Bollard and Charlie VanKirk.
Sarah and David each received $1,000 scholarships, while Jenna and Charlie each received a multi-year scholarship totaling $5,000.
In addition to the Scholarships, two middle school awards were presented: Tyler Palmese and Callie Huber both received awards to recognize their outstanding contribution to the music programming at Shepaug Middle School.
Two students were also selected from each of the three elementary schools to receive awards:
Booth Free School: Emily Chin and David Geyer
Burnham School: Amanda Payne and Michael Leslie
Washington Primary School: Connor Fitzpatrick and Summer Mercier