Kokomo Morning Musicale awarded three $500 scholarships for excellence in musical performance at its annual Past Presidents’ Scholarship competition this spring.
Eleven high school students played various instruments at the March 23 competition at Grace United Methodist Church. Michael Rennaker, Alan Bottomly and Heather Wright received scholarships for their performance there.
The winner of the Kathaleen Graham Scholarship was Michael Rennaker, 17, son of Mark and Kari Rennaker. Rennaker was a junior at Western High School this past school year, where he played in the Western band. He also was in the percussion section of the 2013 Ari Ensemble and he studies percussion at Orion Avery Percussion Studios. He performed “Parody” by Jesse Monkman on marimba.
Alan Bottomly’s performance of piano solo “Rondo Capriccio” by Felix Mendelssohn earned him the Ann Walsh Scholarship. He was a sophomore at Taylor High School this past school year, where he is active in the band playing piano and saxophone. He participates regularly in Indiana State School Music Association solo and ensemble events, the Federation Festivals and plays keyboard at Oakbrook Community Church. Bottomly is the son of David and Julie Bottomly.
Heather Wright won the Joan Knolinski Scholarship for her performance of “Concerto in B flat Major” by W.A. Mozart. She is the daughter of Raymond and Rachel Wrigth and graduated at the top of her class from Eastern Sr. High School this year. Wright was a four-year class president and vice president of the National Honor Society. She plans to major in bassoon performance and pre-dental studies at Butler University, where she was awarded the Presidential Academic and Arthur Jordan Music scholarships. Wright studies bassoon with Jennifer Kirkman.