Ryan Penny Me­mo­rial Mu­sic Schol­ar­ships awarded

The Southern Gazette - - SPORTS -

An­other four Marys­town-Burin area stu­dents who demon­strate an ex­tra­or­di­nary de­sire to fur­ther their skills, knowl­edge and love of mu­sic have been awarded Ryan Penny Me­mo­rial Mu­sic Schol­ar­ships for 2015-16.

This year’s re­cip­i­ents are Austin His­cock of Don­ald C. Jamieson Academy, Alexan­dra House of Marys­town Cen­tral High School, Brit­tany Bug­den of Pearce Ju­nior High School and Macken­zie Power of Sa­cred Heart Academy.

Austin, a Grade 7 stu­dent, is ac­tive in a num­ber of ac­tiv­i­ties re­lated to fine arts at school. He is cur­rently a mem­ber of the cham­ber choir at Jamieson.

Alexan­dra, a Grade 11 stu­dent, is in­ter­ested in pi­ano and gui­tar.

Brit­tany, a Grade 9 stu­dent, is an en­thu­si­as­tic stu­dent who en­joys singing.

Macken­zie, a Grade 7 stu­dent, has al­ways demon­strated a strong in­ter­est in mu­sic. She is a very ded­i­cated stu­dent to both her prac­tices and per­for­mances.

Along with the Marys­town-Burin area re­cip­i­ents, a schol­ar­ship will also be awarded to a stu­dent at Can­non Richards School on the North­ern Penin­sula this year.

This will mark more than 50 stu­dents who have been awarded the schol­ar­ship over the years, along with the do­na­tion of a pi­ano to the mu­sic pro­gram at Jamieson, and it con­tin­ues to grow and give back.

The an­nual schol­ar­ships hon­our Marys­town na­tive Ryan Penny, who was trag­i­cally killed in an in­dus­trial ac­ci­dent while work­ing on an oil rig near Fort St. John, B.C, on Nov. 1, 2003.

Ryan and many of his friends lived and worked out west. Two weeks af­ter this death and burial, some of them gath­ered in Ed­mon­ton to share a few pints, some sto­ries and cher­ished mem­o­ries.

They all wanted to find a way to hon­our him and the things he loved, so a de­ci­sion was made to start a schol­ar­ship in his name that would give kids a chance to fur­ther their love of mu­sic and to keep his east coast her­itage alive. The first fundraiser was held later that month in Ed­mon­ton, Alta.

The theme of the fundraiser is Lucky Charms, Mu­sic and Friends. This year marks the 12th an­niver­sary of Ryan’s tragic death and the 13th an­nual fundraiser where his friends con­tinue to gather, raise money for kids and cel­e­brate his won­der­ful life. The event takes place at The At­lantic Trap and Gill in Ed­mon­ton where Ryan’s gui­tar still hangs on stage. This year the event is on Nov. 21.

Silent and live auc­tions will be held that night with 100 per cent of the do­na­tions and funds raised go­ing to the schol­ar­ship pro­gram.

The De­rina Harvey Band head­lines, along with Marys­town na­tives Arnold White and his band, Some­where in Be­tween and Ryan’s good friend, Johnny Dwyer, front man from the band Penny’s Whis­tle.

“We want to thank all the peo­ple for their ded­i­ca­tion to this fundraiser – his friends, the com­mit­tee, the bands, the Trap and for all those across the coun­try who con­tinue to give so gen­er­ously – be­cause with­out them th­ese schol­ar­ships would not be pos­si­ble,” said Shirley Penny, Ryan’s mom.

“Ryan is so loved and missed by his fam­ily and friends. Our hope is that th­ese schol­ar­ships give the stu­dents an op­por- tu­nity to make mu­sic in their own way and for ev­ery­one to know how grate­ful we are that Ryan made such a pos­i­tive im­pact and con­tin­ues to do so.”

Ryan, son of John and Shirley Penny, liked to whis­tle, sing and play gui­tar. Check out the song “The Whistler,” writ­ten as a trib­ute to him by his friend New­found­land na­tive and award-win­ning singer/song­writer Jimmy Whif­fen and friend Rose Tucker, on his web­site www.ryan­penny.com.





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