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Carbonear singer wins Senior Rose Bowl at Kiwanis festival

Rubyanne Whelan rises from her seat and makes her way towards the trophy she earned as the 2017 Senior Rose Bowl winner.
Rubyanne Whelan rises from her seat and makes her way towards the trophy she earned as the 2017 Senior Rose Bowl winner.

Thursday was a pretty great day for Rubyanne Whelan.

Local Newfoundland Power manager Roger Conway presents Rubyanne Whelan with the Senior Rose Bowl Award.

In the morning, the Grade 12 student from Carbonear Collegiate learned Memorial University's School of Music was accepting her for the fall. Then in the evening, she won the 2017 Senior Rose Bowl Award at the Kiwanis Club of Carbonear Regional Music Festival.

"Oh, it's awesome," she told The Compass after the last batch of awards was presented at this year's festival. "I've worked so hard this year."

The young singer placed ahead of runner-up Megan George, a 16-year-old pianist from Whitbourne who was last year's Junior Rose Bowl winner. The trophy comes with a cash award of $500, with the runner-up receiving $150.

Music has been a big part of Rubyanne's life from a very young age. Her mother, Anne Whelan, is the music teacher at Carbonear Collegiate, and Rubyanne intends to follow in her mom's footsteps and teach music.

Megan George was this year's Senior Rose Bowl runner-up. Here she performs "Suggestion Diabolique" by Sergei Prokofiev.

"It's my passion for sure. It's been my whole life since I was born, really."

Rubyanne received further good news Thursday night, as she's been recommended for the provincial Kiwanis festival later this year, as was Liam Dawson for musical theatre and piano.

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Awards presented Wednesday, April 5:

• The E.H. Vokey Memorial Award (Best performance in piano solo, 12 years & under) — Daniel Drake

• Gloria Gladden Memorial Award (Best performance in sacred music vocal solo, senior classes) — Rubyanne Whelan

• The Ronald Mutrey Memorial Award (Best performance in guitar solo, adjudicator's choice) — Jordan Kelloway

• Women's Institute of Newfoundland, Harbour Grace Branch Award (Best performance in piano solo, 14 years & under) — Alyson Thomas

• Ruby's Drive-In Award (Best performance in piano solo, 13 years & under) — Aaron Hussey

From the left, Morgan Terry, Hannah Wade and Gracie Murphy from Immaculate Conception School in Colliers perform "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" on recorder.

• Pizzazz Award (Stage presence in musical theatre, Classes 151-154b. Adjudicator's discretion) — Rebecca Sellars

• Legrow's Travel Award (Best performance in choirs, folks songs) — Crescent Collegiate Vocal Ensemble

• Mary J. Walters Memorial Award (best performance in intermediate girls solo) — Chelsea Hyde

• The Jungle Jim's Award (Best performance in vocal duet, trio & quartet) — Danielle Taylor & Rubyanne Whelan (duo); Anne Mercer, Rubyanne Whelan & Emma Mercer (trio)

• Newfoundland Power Traditional Fiddling Group Award (Best fiddle group, adjudicator's choice) — St. Francis Traditional Fiddle Group

Daniel Drake performs Anne Crosby's "Dreamcatcher."
Chelsea Hyde performing "Atacama Desert" by Wynn Anne Rossi.

• Kiwanis Jubilee Award (In member of departed Kiwanians. Best performance in junior concert groups, 12 & under) — Erin O'Brien-Rogers

• Intermediate Musical Theatre Award (Best performance in intermediate Class 151) — Anna Mercer

• String Solo Award (Best performance in string solo, Levels 5-8, Classes 228a-229b) — Erica Evely

• Joseph Noel Memorial Award (Choral, adjudicator's choice) — Bella Voce

• Dr. Leslie Wells Memorial Award (Best performance in junior piano duet & trio sections) — Aleah Drover & Becky Drove

• Dr. Leslie Wells Memorial Award (Best performance in senior piano duet & trio sections) — Danielle Taylor & Sydney Hunt

Carbonear Collegiate's mixed choral and band group performed two numbers at Thursday's Grand Concert in Carbonear.

• Dr. Leslie Wells Memorial Award (Best performance in Canadian composition piano, senior classes) — Emily Morrissey

• Dr. Leslie Wells Memorial Award (Best performance in piano solo, 10 years & under) — Benjamin Eddy

• Dr. Leslie Wells Memorial Award (Best performance in piano solo, 9 years & under) — Connor Lynch

• Dr. Leslie Wells Memorial Award (Best performance in piano solo, 8 years & under) — Kelsey Fifield

• Dr. Leslie Wells Memorial Award (Best performance in piano solo pop/theme junior — Jagger Maher

Bryony Fowler performs "It's a Hard Knock Life" from the musical "Annie."

• Dr. Leslie Wells Memorial Award (Best performance in piano solo pop/theme, intermediate) — Robyn Culleton

• Dr. Leslie Wells Memorial Award (Best performance in space piano classes 76c & 76d) — Chelsea Hyde

• Dr. Leslie Wells Memorial Award (Best performance in musical theatre, senior Classes 149 & 150) — Liam Dawson

• Dr. Leslie Wells Memorial Award (Best performance in musical theatre duets, trios & quartets) — Liam Dawson & Erin Mackey

• Dr. Leslie Wells Memorial Award (Best performance in musical theatre, junior Class 154a) — Noah Dawson

• Dr. Leslie Wells Memorial Award (Best performance in musical theatre, junior Class 154b) — Bryony Fowler

Jagger Maher performs "Masquerade" by Linda Niamath.
Liam Dawson and Erin Mackey generated a great audience response with their performance of "Sue Me" from the musical "Guys and Dolls."

• Dr. Leslie Wells Memorial Award (Best performance in recorder ensemble Classes 278-279) — Immaculate Conception Recorder Ensemble

• GRI Simulations Awards (Notable performances by individuals & groups in vocal, musical theatre, piano, instrumental & choral categories. Adjudicator's choice) — Holy Heart Bella Cantante, Gosselingz, Carbonear Collegiate Class 1, Erin Mackey, Liam Dawson, Kaitlyn Menchions, Emily Morrissey, Danica Robichaud, John Hiscock, Liam Rowe

• The Matthew Cooper Family Vocal Awards (Award at adjudicator's discretion to two vocalists ages 14-18 who show great promise and potential) — Rubyanne Whelan & Anna Mercer

Jane Marshall performs "Ragtime" by Christopher Norton.

• VOCM Care Scholarship (To enable outstanding young musicians to continue their studies. Adjudicator's choice) — Emily Morrissey

• Kiwanis Club of Carbonear Senior Rose Bowl Award 

Runner-up — Megan George

Winner — Rubyanne Whelan

• Recommended to continue to provincial competition — Rubyanne Whelan, Liam Dawson

Robyn Culleton performs the song "Colors of the Wind" from the Disney musical "Pocahontas."

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