Scholarship Award Recipients
2021 Award Recipients
McKenna Lilies & Sydnee Deen
Recipients of 2021 Scholarship Awards are graduating seniors Sydnee Deen, Jefferson C-123 School District and McKenna Liles, Maryville R-II School District. The scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate a commitment to choral music, service to school and community, and a passion for singing.
Ms. Deen will be attending Northwest Technical School this fall and plans to obtain certification in childcare education. In her application Sydnee shares, “As a childcare provider, I want my children to not only love music but learn the messages portrayed in the songs. I want to sing and dance and help the children be able to learn and enjoy music for the rest of their lives.”
Sydnee’s resume highlights include four years in Jefferson High School Choir, six years in Jefferson Junior High and High School Bands, Vocal Solo I and II ratings at District Contests, twice member of Conference Choir, National Anthem soloist at sports events, and Cantor/Song Leader at St. Columba since 2014.
Ms. Liles will be attending the University of Kansas and studying Music Therapy. McKenna explains, “Music has brought me out of my comfort zone and helped me grow. This scholarship will go toward my college education as a music therapist. I will strive to help patients of all ages relearn occupational tasks, maintain positive mental health and cognitive skills through music.”
McKenna’s musical resume includes performing in four high school musicals, active in Spectrum Show Choir including serving as section leader and President, two years in District Honor Choir, two Gold Awards and two Silver Awards at State Music Contest, 2021 All-State Choir, Regional Country Showdown winner in 2019, singing in church services, and many years in Maryville Young Players, as a cast member and later as assistant to the director.
2020 Award Recipient -- Addison Hall
The recipient of the 2020 Scholarship Award is Addison Hall, a graduating senior from Maryville R-II School District.
Miss Hall will be attending the University of Missouri -- Columbia and plans to major in Occupational Therapy. In her application Addison shares, "As an occupational therapist, I hope to be able to use my background in music to connect with patients, by singing with them while learning a new skill or exercise. Music is something that can bring people together no matter what their life path looks like."
Addison's resume highlights include being a singer, section leader and president of MHS Spectrum Choir throughout high school, Vocal Music Letter 2016-2019, multiple solo and ensemble performances at District and State Vocal Music Contests including a District Small Ensemble 1 rating in 2019, performing in The Music Man at MHS in 2016, being a member of the St. Gregory Barbarigo Praise Band for five years, and singing at weddings and funerals.