Dwayne Johnson and Missy Peters were awarded Music Booster Scholarships for this coming fall. Each student had to submit an essay regarding how the STC High School Music program has impacted their educational experience, activities and personal life while at STC and what their upcoming college plans are. "When I first moved up from middle school to high school I wanted to drop out of band. I was told to stay in band and do Marching Band, and if I stayed in band, that music will take me places that I may not go to otherwise. That first year, was very exciting and have since then also participated in jazz, pep, concert band, choir, and Harding Street Show Choir. By participating in band I have been able to travel to other schools, try new things, and meet new people. Because of my music activities in high school, I have long lasting memories that I will never forget" said Dwayne Johnson. "Because of my activities in music I am planning to major in music at William Penn University and either become a performer or a teacher".
"Pep band will always be on my list of high school memories. As I walk down the hallways, I reminisce of all the times I have had and the friends I have created over all the years. I can still remember the first time I had marching band practice, an early morning, in which I was terrified to walk with my head up in fear of the older kids. Band had accepted me as part of their family and helped me adjust to the biggest change a student will have in their life, the transition from middle school to high school. I still remember the time Brad Evans hit this huge monstrous bug with the bell of his horn during a sectional in the summertime of my junior year in marching band. It was the funniest thing I had ever seen, and all the students in my group laughed for the next ten minutes rolling on the ground. Memories like these can't be repeated. It's the special group and connection we had in the South Tama Band that made this possible." said Missy Peters. "I will forever live by the motto "Sweep the Corners." This motto was a good example of what students should do, and it will carry with me for the rest of my life. I hope to attend the University of Iowa next year and continue my education with pre-med. I also wish to be part of the orchestra for non-music majors, and continue with music for the rest of my life."
"Music can evoke old emotions. It can take you to far away places in your memory and bring tears to your eyes. It is a very personal experience. No smell or taste can bring up a memory or take you away someplace the way music can. Some say music is "the Umbilical Cord to the Soul" or "The Hearts Center of Life itself" said Shannon Peters.
STC?Music Booster scholarship winners - Left to Right - Dwayne Johnson, Janice Upah, Music Booster Chair, and Missy Peters
"We are very proud of our musicians and wish our students the best of luck with their endeavors, and being able to continue on with their music careers" said Upah.
The Music Boosters are members that support the music program from 6th through 12th grade. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Music Boosters or would like more information about this group, you can contact either Janice Upah at 484-5847 or Mary Jo Cherveny at 484-2745.