The Waxahachie Symphony Association recently announced its scholarship winners.
John Meade placed first in the instrumental division, performing “Improvisation et Caprice” by Bozza on his alto saxophone. Meade, a senior at Waxahachie High School, received a $1,000 scholarship. He is a member of the marching band, the jazz band, the wind ensemble and the jazz combo. His honors include three years in all-region band, two years in all-region jazz band and two years in all-area.
He is the son of Sam and Kary Meade and will attend the University of North Texas.
Luciano Lopez, a tuba player, was the runner-up in the instrumental category and received a $500 scholarship. He is a senior at Waxahachie High School and the son of Luciano and Wanda Lopez.
April Divin was the first place winner in the vocal category and received a $1,000 scholarship. She sang “Les Berceaux” by Gabriel Fauré.
Divin performs with the high school choirs and in the school’s musicals. She also sings in praise bands. Her honors include second chair state mixed choir, first division rating on solo at state and achieved outstanding performer.
She will attend Dallas Baptist University. Her parents are Larry and Anita Friday.
John “Jake” Kassen was the runner-up in the vocal category and received a $500 scholarship. He is a senior at Midlothian High School and the son of Martin Kassen and Shirley Kassen.
The purpose of the awards is to encourage musical growth and achievement in Ellis County as well as to recognize students who show outstanding musical talent and accomplishment. The scholarships are open to all graduating seniors in Ellis County.
The first place winners will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at the concert featuring pianist Chu-Fang Huang. The concert will be at the Central Presbyterian Church, 402 N. College St., Waxahachie.