Danielle Di Pietrantonio awarded the Hugh P. O’Neil Student Bursary
Danielle Di Pietrantonio is graduating from St. Paul Catholic School in Trenton and has been accepted in the Music (piano) Program at Western University. She is hoping to become a music teacher and “inspire and guide students as well as my teachers and mentors have guided me throughout my educational career.”
Phil Carney, Department Head of Arts and Religious Education at St. Paul watched as Danielle eagerly took on the challenges of learning new instruments and eventually becoming the pianist for the Senior Jazz Ensemble. He states that “her discipline and work ethic helped her adapt seamlessly to the ensemble, such that she has become a leader in the rhythm section of our jazz band, and in turn the complete ensemble.” He also explains that, while completing a co-op placement in the grade 9 music class, “she was able to use her skills on various instruments to help new students develop as musicians.”
Patricia Ross, a registered music teacher with the Belleville Chapter of the Ontario Music Teachers’ Association, has been teaching Danielle for the past three years. She states that Danielle “works very hard to achieve the goals she sets for herself… I know that she will bring enthusiasm, perseverance and her love of music to her students.”
Zackery Fellows awarded the QAC Student Bursary
Zackery Fellows is graduating from Trenton High School and hopes to attend St. Lawrence College to study Music and Digital Media. His ultimate career aim is to be a Sound Engineer (Production) and Graphic Designer.
D Walker, one of Zackery’s teachers, calls him “a solid student who excels in all that he does. In fact, Zackery currently has the highest standing in my Grade 12 class… his talent in the arts has set him apart from his peers.”
V Thornton, Music Teacher at Trenton High, says “Zack is an exceptional musician who has honed his guitar skills as a member of Trenton High School’s Muzik Werx rock band… His involvement has given him a great deal of performance experience and allowed him to develop his stage presence in front of a live audience.”