HRMC Awards Band Scholarships for 2016

November 1, 2016

Haywood Regional Medical Center has awarded $1,000 scholarships to the top band student at each area high school for students who hold the highest GPA among their peers.  They were selected by the band directors from each school, and honored for their achievement at the County Clash football game on Friday, October 14, 2016. Rod Harkleroad, RN, MMHC, Chief Executive Officer of Haywood Regional Medical Center, presented the scholarships to each student while family members and thousands of Pisgah and Tuscola High School fans looked on.

      The HRMC 2016 Band Scholarship for Pisgah High School was presented to McKenzie Squires, percussionist . Squires is a senior at Pisgah High School. She is the daughter of Dwayne and Penny Squires and the twin sister of Eleanor Squires. She is a member of Leo Club, National Honor Society, French Club, and she is part of the PHS band. This is her fifth marching band season and her third year as captain of the Percussion section. Squires plans on furthering her musical talent by getting a degree in Music Education at either Lenoir-Rhyne University or Liberty University in Virginia.
The HRMC 2016 Band Scholarship for Tuscola High School was presented to Emily Sears, who is a four-year member of the marching and symphonic bands and a senior at Tuscola High School. She has served as the section leader for the mellophones for the past year and she has been the principal french horn for the past two years. She was named Outstanding Freshman Band Member and she was nominated for the All American Army Band. Her favorite parts about marching band are competitions and helping the younger kids with their marching technique. Emily has maintained a 4.5 GPA over 6 AP classes and numerous honors classes. She is dual enrolled as a student at the North Carolina School of Science and Math and she recently spent a summer abroad studying in Oxford, England. Emily is planning to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point where she will pursue a degree in Political Science. In the military, Emily plans to become a Medevac helicopter pilot. Emily would like to thank her Dad, Mr. Wise, Mr. Ingle, her family and of course the entire Tuscola Marching Band for their prayers and support over the last four years.

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