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The Voice of the Bellwood-Antis Student Body

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The Voice of the Bellwood-Antis Student Body

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Two BA musicians win scholarships

The winners for two musical awards were presented to two students at last nights high school spring band concert
Kate Wallace
Katie Bianchini (left) and Abi Eckenrod (right) both got recognized at the High School Spring Band Concert.

Last Tuesday at the annual High School Spring Band Concert, two extraordinary student musicians were each granted not only an award, but also a $500 scholarship.

Katie Bianchini received the Patrick Gilmore Band Award, while Abi Eckenrod received the John Philip Sousa Award. Both students also received a scholarship from the BA Music Boosters.

The award that Bianchini received was for students with great attitude, participation, and regular contributions to the program. Patrick Sachse, Bellwood’s band director, stated that she has always been a leader with a positive attitude, and has always been willing and excited to go above and beyond in the music program.

“I was only able to receive this award because of the passion I had for band, and the people who helped me channel it,” stated Bianchini. “I feel like I learn something new everyday, even as I’m almost out of high school. My friends and various band teachers along the way are truly the greatest people there are, and I can never thank them enough.”

Eckenrod’s award was for the top musical performer of any graduating class, which Abi has shown by working hard as a regular festival attender. She has also been accepted to study music next year at Duquesne University.

“It’s such a great honor! I really appreciate everyone in the music department who continued to support me through everything,” said Eckenrod. “I’m so happy to be able to share this experience with one of my best friends.”

Both students also won a $500 scholarship from the Music Boosters, which were not attached to the awards above. Each submitted essays on the topic of what they learned in the music program, and how they will continue to be lifelong musicians.

“Both Katie and Abi have been an absolute pleasure to work with these past nine years! Their talents, contributions, and attitudes will be greatly missed,” commented Sachse. “I am confident that they will continue to be positive influences wherever their lives and careers take them.”

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