Standouts Have a Musical Summer

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As a result of their outstanding proficiencies and penchants for music, two district students were named winners of the Helen Badr Memorial Scholarship, and are participating in a summer-long musical study program at Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts in Wheatley Heights. The scholarship fully covers the cost of tuition for the program.

Eighth-grader Evgenia Kennedy and fifth-grader Lily Dankenbrink, students at RMMS and MGV, respectively, are supplementing their studies of music with concerts, performances and workshops at Usdan. Kennedy is a first chair clarinetist in the RMMS band, a member of the RMMS marching band, and has been named an All-County musician. She is also a High Honor Roll student. Dankenbrink is a violinist and vocalist, as well as a ballet dancer and visual artist. She is a member of the Long Island Children’s Choir has also participated in a National Spelling Bee.

The Helen Badr Memorial Scholarship is named after a late past president of the Performing Arts Support Association of North Babylon, which maintains the scholarship fund. Badr, who passed several years ago following her battle with cancer, was a staunch advocate of the arts and a concert pianist/harpsichordist.

Donations to the fund are welcome and may be submitted to Dr. Kimberly Lowenborg-Coyne’s office at the North Babylon High School in Room 105 at any time.