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Whitbourne teen wins Junior Rose Bowl


 The waiting is usually the hardest part.

Whitbourne’s Megan George sat in the middle of the front row of chairs on the stage of the Shiela Na Geira Theatre in Carbonear. The 15-year-old was one of three participants of the 46th Kiwanis Music Festival to be nominated for the prestigious Junior Rose Bowl trophy.

In that seat, she waited some 30 minutes until it was time to announced who was walking away with the award. Alongside her were fellow nominees Lauren Shepherd (vocal) and Erica Evely (instrumental).

The waiting continued as George, a stack of earlier awards piling up on her lap, was the last to hear her name called. First to get the call was Shepherd as the first runner-up.

George exhaled softly when she heard it. Evely was the next runner-up.

Again, George exhaled. She had won.

“It was nerve wracking. Everyone is really talented,” she said. “I put a lot of hard work into everything, but it was kind of unexpected.”

This year marked the second time she’s been in the running for the award. Last year, George finished second to Coley’s Point’s Anna Mercer.

The win capped an eventful evening for George. Aside from the Rose Bowl trophy, she also walked away with four other awards for her remarkable work on the piano and for her voice.

The Junior Rose Bowl was just one of a number of awards handed out. They covered all of the bases for the festival including instrumental, voice, choir and musical theatre.

“It’s great to win this year,” George said of her win, which also comes with $300.

The Grand Concerts continue Wednesday and Thursday night at the Conception Bay Regional Community Centre in Carbonear. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. each night.

Awards from Tuesday, March 15

• L.F. Clifford Pike Memorial Award (best performance in piano solo 15 years or under) — Megan George;

• Joseph F. George Memorial Award (best performance in choirs two, three or four part singing) — Crescent Collegiate vocal ensemble;

• Retired Teachers Tri Con Division (best performance by a primary choir) — St. Francis primary choir;

• Retired Teachers Con Tri Division (adjudicator’s choice) — Carbonear Academy glee club;

• Canadian Tire Award (best performance in instrumental solo) — Madison Hurley;

• Franz Reiss Memorial Award (best performance in piano solo, classes 17-20, 23-26 and 29-32) — Robyn White;

• Captain I.S. Iversen and Mrs. Gertrude Iversen Memorial Award (piano solo-baroque, 13-years and over) — Megan George;

• Norman J. Dawe Memorial Award (best performance in piano solo, 6-8 years) — Liam Lawlor;

• Co-Operators Instrumental Award (best performance in recorder ensembles) — Perlwin Elementary recorder group;

• Quin-Sea Fisheries LTD. Award (piano solo 15-years and under) — Megan George;

• Quin-Sea Fisheries LTD. Award (best performance by a junior choir) — St. Francis elementary choir;

• Quin-Sea Fisheries LTD. Award (commendable group performance) — All Hallows Fiddlers;

• Quin-Sea Fisheries LTD. Award (commendable solo performance) — Megan George;

• Kiwanis Senior Choir Choral Award (best performance by a senior choir) — Crescent Collegiate vocal ensemble;

• L.F. Clifford Pike Memorial Award (best performance in female solo, adjudicator’s choice) — Sarah Norman;

• Edgar Clarke Memorial Award (best performances in piano solo 17-years and under) — Robyn White;

• Town of Carbonear Award (best performance in musical theatre) — Sarah Knight and Liam Dawson;

• Strickland Agencies Award (best performance in instrumental solo) — Madison Hurley;

• Ellie M. Fitzgerald Award for Family Music — The Sellars Family;

• Instrumental Duet Award (best performance in instrumental duets) — Brandon Galway and Megan Nolan;

• The Harbour Music and Dance Most Promising Young Vocalist Award (12-years and under) — Hannah Doyle and Chelsea Hyde

nmercer@cbncompass.ca

Whitbourne’s Megan George sat in the middle of the front row of chairs on the stage of the Shiela Na Geira Theatre in Carbonear. The 15-year-old was one of three participants of the 46th Kiwanis Music Festival to be nominated for the prestigious Junior Rose Bowl trophy.

In that seat, she waited some 30 minutes until it was time to announced who was walking away with the award. Alongside her were fellow nominees Lauren Shepherd (vocal) and Erica Evely (instrumental).

The waiting continued as George, a stack of earlier awards piling up on her lap, was the last to hear her name called. First to get the call was Shepherd as the first runner-up.

George exhaled softly when she heard it. Evely was the next runner-up.

Again, George exhaled. She had won.

“It was nerve wracking. Everyone is really talented,” she said. “I put a lot of hard work into everything, but it was kind of unexpected.”

This year marked the second time she’s been in the running for the award. Last year, George finished second to Coley’s Point’s Anna Mercer.

The win capped an eventful evening for George. Aside from the Rose Bowl trophy, she also walked away with four other awards for her remarkable work on the piano and for her voice.

The Junior Rose Bowl was just one of a number of awards handed out. They covered all of the bases for the festival including instrumental, voice, choir and musical theatre.

“It’s great to win this year,” George said of her win, which also comes with $300.

The Grand Concerts continue Wednesday and Thursday night at the Conception Bay Regional Community Centre in Carbonear. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. each night.

Awards from Tuesday, March 15

• L.F. Clifford Pike Memorial Award (best performance in piano solo 15 years or under) — Megan George;

• Joseph F. George Memorial Award (best performance in choirs two, three or four part singing) — Crescent Collegiate vocal ensemble;

• Retired Teachers Tri Con Division (best performance by a primary choir) — St. Francis primary choir;

• Retired Teachers Con Tri Division (adjudicator’s choice) — Carbonear Academy glee club;

• Canadian Tire Award (best performance in instrumental solo) — Madison Hurley;

• Franz Reiss Memorial Award (best performance in piano solo, classes 17-20, 23-26 and 29-32) — Robyn White;

• Captain I.S. Iversen and Mrs. Gertrude Iversen Memorial Award (piano solo-baroque, 13-years and over) — Megan George;

• Norman J. Dawe Memorial Award (best performance in piano solo, 6-8 years) — Liam Lawlor;

• Co-Operators Instrumental Award (best performance in recorder ensembles) — Perlwin Elementary recorder group;

• Quin-Sea Fisheries LTD. Award (piano solo 15-years and under) — Megan George;

• Quin-Sea Fisheries LTD. Award (best performance by a junior choir) — St. Francis elementary choir;

• Quin-Sea Fisheries LTD. Award (commendable group performance) — All Hallows Fiddlers;

• Quin-Sea Fisheries LTD. Award (commendable solo performance) — Megan George;

• Kiwanis Senior Choir Choral Award (best performance by a senior choir) — Crescent Collegiate vocal ensemble;

• L.F. Clifford Pike Memorial Award (best performance in female solo, adjudicator’s choice) — Sarah Norman;

• Edgar Clarke Memorial Award (best performances in piano solo 17-years and under) — Robyn White;

• Town of Carbonear Award (best performance in musical theatre) — Sarah Knight and Liam Dawson;

• Strickland Agencies Award (best performance in instrumental solo) — Madison Hurley;

• Ellie M. Fitzgerald Award for Family Music — The Sellars Family;

• Instrumental Duet Award (best performance in instrumental duets) — Brandon Galway and Megan Nolan;

• The Harbour Music and Dance Most Promising Young Vocalist Award (12-years and under) — Hannah Doyle and Chelsea Hyde

nmercer@cbncompass.ca

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