March 25, 2013
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Music prodigy plans tribute for grad

Since he picked up two candlesticks and started mimicking playing the violin, Rafael Piesiur has worked hard at his craft and remained a top student.

A violinist since he was 5, Rafael plans to play his heart out to fellow grads and their guests this spring when he too graduates from Old Scona Academic High School in Edmonton.

Rafael is one of many Grade 12 students that have applied for one of three EventIQ scholarships this year. Each scholarship is worth $500 and is open to high school seniors who are student-athletes, involved with the arts or who make an extra effort to make grad the best experience possible. For details on how your students can qualify, read our blog.

The deadline for entries is May 15 – winners will be announced in June.

Rafael has some major accomplishments: two finals at the Northern Alberta Concerto Competition, five nominations for the Alberta Provincial Music Festival – including one second place finish in 2005 and one first place finish in 2011, as well as being a member of the Edmonton Youth Orchestra for eight years (four as concertmaster).

Another Acting Out Scholarship applicant, Bailey Wright of Neelin High School in Brandon, MB., says performing is her life. Certainly she’s been lucky to combine her love of performing and school as she’s been in 19 school productions in addition to dance, choir and musical theatre lessons.

“Performing has made me into the person I am today, and has taught me so much about responsibility, team work, and learning to push yourself out of your comfort zone, Wright says. “I couldn’t imagine not being able to perform anymore which is why I plan to minor in Drama Performance at University which is where I would use the money if I were to win the Scholarship.”

Hearing that is certainly music to our ears Bailey! Good luck to you and all the other scholarship candidates!


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