NSMA annual awards music scholarships to Algonquin seniors

At the annual Algonquin Senior Scholarship night held in May, the Northborough-Southborough Music Association awarded twelve scholarships totaling $7,000 to graduating seniors. The scholarships recognize students for their “commitment to the music programs and desire to pursue music, making it an integral part of their future,” the organization said.

NSMA is a nonprofit organization of dedicated parents supporting music within the Northborough and Southborough communities. Funds for the scholarships were raised through private donations and fundraisers like the year-end music extravangza Pops Night. For more information, visit nsma.info.

NSMA awards scholarships each year on behalf of the Music Association as well as Memorial Scholarships in conjunction with the families of David M. Hudson and Kathy Bartolini. Here’s a list of this year’s recipients.

The 2012 NSMA Annual Scholarships were awarded to Channing Moreland and Alexander Teplansky. These recipients showed active participation in the ARHS music and/or theater arts programs during their tenure at Algonquin, including their senior year and completed the scholarship application.

Dennis F. Wrenn Music Education Scholarship: Created to help a student who plans to pursue Dennis Wrenn’s passion for the field of music education, the 2012 scholarship was awarded to Stephen Tzianabos.

Dennis F. Wrenn Performing Arts Scholarships:

Bright Side of Life Award: For a student that has shown strong growth and passion in any area of the performing arts. This award was given to Matthew Cofer.

Encore Award: For a student that has excelled in mastering a musical instrument. This award was presented to Ariel Chang.

Bravo Award: For a student that demonstrates song through superior vocal performance. This award was granted to Alexander Teplansky.

Curtain Call Award: For a student that demonstrates superior song, dance, and acting in school musicals. This award went to Zach Lusk.

The Blues Award: For a student who plays and excels in Jazz with spirit, energy, and vigor. This award was given to Allen Scholl.

Ya Man Award: For a student who has displayed exceptional leadership, enthusiasm and loyalty to the ARHS music program. This award was given to two recipients, Channing Moreland and Emily Polanowicz.

The David M. Hudson Memorial Scholarship was selected by a scholarship committee according to criteria set by the family. The recipient was chosen by the NSMA Scholarship Committee from those students who submitted NSMA Senior Scholarship Applications. This award funded by the David M. Hudson Scholarship Fund was awarded to Allen Scholl.

The Bartolini family graciously awards one special senior scholarship each year to the student who most reflects Kathy Bartolini’s love of the arts both at school and in the community. The recipient was chosen by the NSMA Scholarship Committee from those students who submitted an NSMA Senior Scholarship Application. The family of Kathleen Bartolini donated the award. The recipient of the 2012 Kathleen Bartolini Scholarship was Sara Kendall.

Congratulations to all the talented recipients.

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