Ali­son Clarke re­ceives me­mo­rial schol­ar­ship

Clarke named 2017 re­cip­i­ent of Roger Skin­ner/Mu­sicNL Me­mo­rial award

The Southern Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - HIS­TORY BY COLIN FAR­RELL THE SOUTH­ERN GAZETTE ST. JOHN’S, NL

Ali­son Clarke of Burin has been named this year’s re­cip­i­ent of the Roger Skin­ner/ Mu­sicNL Me­mo­rial Award.

Clarke, work­ing to­wards a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in mu­sic at Me­mo­rial Uni­ver­sity, said she was hon­oured when she re­ceived news of the award.

“Mr. Skin­ner’s gen­eros­ity and close con­nec­tion with mu­si­cians in New­found­land and Labrador is kept alive through this schol­ar­ship,” she said in a mes­sage to the South­ern Gazette.

“I am grate­ful to be the re­cip­i­ent of the award this year.”

Clarke was sur­prised she had been se­lected for the award.

“I had no idea, she ex­plained. “The award is in con­junc­tion with MUN’s school of mu­sic, so I didn’t know.”

The award, named for the late Roger Skin­ner, is awarded an­nu­ally to an un­der­grad­u­ate stu­dent in the school of mu­sic who is de­serv­ing due to both their per­for­mance and aca­demic ex­cel­lence within the school.

Skin­ner’s fam­ily col­lected funds to set up the schol­ar­ship in his hon­our af­ter his sud­den pass­ing in 2002.

He was a drum­mer with the Coun­try Du­cats and a ded­i­cated sup­porter of the pro­vin­cial mu­sic in­dus­try, serv­ing as pres­i­dent of Mu­sicNL from 2000-2002.

Dr. Ian Suther­land, dean of Me­mo­rial’s school of mu­sic, said a stu­dent must have an over­all av­er­age of 85 per cent or higher to be el­i­gi­ble for a schol­ar­ship.

“Ali­son is cer­tainly a fan­tas­tic stu­dent here … (for) two years in a row (she) has been on the dean’s list, which means she falls within the top 10 per cent of all un­der­grad­u­ate stu­dents.”

He said she is also a per­for­mance ma­jor, “which is a par­tic­u­larly dif­fi­cult pro­gram to be ac­cepted into within the school of mu­sic.”

AL­LAN STOOD­LEY PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

The pic­turesque and iso­lated For­tune Bay com­mu­nity of Ren­con­tre East is fast be­com­ing a must-visit des­ti­na­tion for many peo­ple. Thanks to aqua­cul­ture and a vi­able lob­ster fish­ery, the town with a pop­u­la­tion of 140 peo­ple has hardly any unem­ploy­ment.

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Ali­son Clarke.

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