Schol­ar­ship win­ners an­nounced

Schol­ar­ship in mem­ory of Ryan Penny

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Four stu­dents from schools around the re­gion have been se­lected as this year’s re­cip­i­ents of the Ryan Penny Memo­rial Mu­sic Schol­ar­ship.

Re­cip­i­ents are Bradley Collins, a Grade 6 stu­dent at Don­ald C. Jamieson

Academy in Burin; Amanda Ka­vanagh, a Grade 6 stu­dent at Sa­cred Heart Academy in Marys­town; Jes­sica Mathe­son, a Grade 12 stu­dent at Marys­town Cen­tral High School; and Pacey Denty, a Grade 9 stu­dent at Pearce Ju­nior High School in Burin.

Ryan Penny, the schol­ar­ship’s name­sake, was killed in an in­dus­trial ac­ci­dent near Fort St. John, BC. Shortly af­ter his death, friends of the mu­si­cian started the schol­ar­ship in his mem­ory.

“Ryan liked to whis­tle, sing and play gui­tar and his friends were Bradley Collins is a Grade 6 stu­dent at Don­ald C. Jamieson Academy. He has an in­ter­est in mu­sic and will be tak­ing gui­tar lessons.

all aware of his mu­si­cal tal­ents,” reads a post on RyanPenny.ca un­der a de­scrip­tion of the scholar ship.

“It wasn’t hard for his friends to de­ter­mine where to di­rect the schol­ar­ship fund – he en­ter­tained his friends when­ever the oc­ca­sion arose.”

To date, the schol­ar­ship has help fund the mu­si­cal ef­forts of 68 stu­dents from the prov­ince.

Orig­i­nally the schol­ar­ship was only avail­able to stu­dents on the Burin Penin­sula, but in 2015, or­ga­niz­ers started award­ing it to stu­dents out­side the re­gion.

“We have had so much sup­port here in Ed­mon­ton each year at the fundrais­ers from peo­ple that Jes­sica Mathe­son, a Grade 12 stu­dent at Marys­town Cen­tral High School, is an avid gui­tar player and singer and has per­formed for school func­tions and in the com­mu­nity.

were orig­i­nally from the North­ern Penin­sula that we de­cided in 2015 to add Canon Richards Memo­rial Academy in Flower’s Cove to re­ceive a yearly $500,” ex­plained Me­lanie Whalen, Penny’s sis­ter.

“Then in 2016 we added Vik­ing Trail Academy in Plum Point to the ros­ter as well.”

Whalen said it is hard to be­lieve the amount of sup­port the fund still re­ceives.

“We are all in amaze­ment that af­ter all this time it’s still run­ning strong and draw­ing a crowd to get to­gether, have some cheers and con­trib­ute,” she told the South­ern Gazette in an e-mail.

“(It’s) been tough times here Ed­mon­ton but it hasn’t showed in the num­bers (con­tribut­ing to date). There are enough funds there to keep it rolling for decades to come.”

Amanda Ka­vanagh is a Grade 6 stu­dent at Sa­cred Heart Academy in Marys­town. She be­gan study­ing piano and voice while still in Kin­der­garten. Amanda par­tic­i­pates in the South Coast Mu­sic Fes­ti­val ev­ery year, play­ing the piano and sing­ing. She re­ceived the Most Spir­ited Per­former Award at the 2017 fes­ti­val.

Pacey Denty is a Grade 9 stu­dent at Pearce Ju­nior High School in Burin. He is nat­u­rally mo­ti­vated to learn, and thor­oughly en­joys learn­ing about things that in­ter­est him that are out­side of the school cur­ricu­lum.

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