Kaneland Performing Arts Boosters award scholarships
by Denise Blaszynski,
president, Kaneland Performing Arts Boosters
To some, May is considered a music-filled month at Kaneland. Between the middle and high schools, there is at least one or more concerts or performances each week. It was at those events that the Kaneland Performing Arts Boosters awarded 12 individual scholarships—one each for grades 6-11—to a band and choir student, as well as two scholarships awarded for students involved in theatre—one to a HMS student and one to a KHS student.
This year’s scholarship recipients are: Hope Novak, sixth-grade band; Sandra Gale, seventh-grade band; Kylee Mosley, ninth-grade band; Ray McGarvey, 10th-grade band; Carter Taylor, 11th-grade band; Giovanni Sally, sixth-grade choir; Tiffany Castracion, seventh-grade choir; Erica Johnson, eighth-grade choir; Ben Mitchinson, ninth-grade choir; Ryan Koeppen, 10th-grade choir; Carissa Miller, 11th-grade choir; Demi Graham, HMS theatre; and Amy Croft, KHS theatre. The eighth-grade band recipient will be announced at the Jazz Band and Mid-Knight Special Spring Fling on Monday, May 20, at Harter Middle School.
Graham, an Elburn resident, plans to use her scholarship money to pay for tuition associated with an upcoming theatre performance. She will be part of the ensemble in Natural Talent Productions’ “Seussical the Musical,” scheduled for July at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles.
“I love being in all the productions at Kaneland,” she said. “Mr. Kowalski and Mrs. Grant have taught me so much. The cast has become like a family; we’re such a tight-knit group.”
Gale, also an Elburn resident, will take trumpet lessons over the summer to improve her playing skills. She hopes that by attending lessons, she can become a good role model and help the other trumpet players.
“I was really surprised and thrilled to receive this award,” she said.
After a two-year hiatus from band, Mosley, a Kaneville resident, will take private trumpet lessons with her scholarship money in order to learn as many instruments as she can. She is currently a part of the percussion section in the KHS band.
“I’ve always had such a big passion for music, and since I got another opportunity to play in band, I took advantage of that,” Mosley said. “I was very surprised, because I’ve never won anything like it. I thought I was hearing things until I had fellow band members pushing me on stage. I think the scholarship will help me go after my dreams.”
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