Tri-State Community School for the Arts awards scholarships
Students receive scholarships totaling $3,373 for arts education include from left, front row: Fiona Fisher, Levi Custer, Emma Craddock. Second row: Tyler Corwell, Seth Higson, Silas Custer. Third row: Abigail Craddock, Rusty Kunis, Caleb Carter and Trinity Hillegas. Absent from photo is Nicholas Cross. (Submitted photo)
This semester, through Music at Penn Alps, the David Joseph Thompson II Memorial Scholarship, and Sandy Riffle, 11 students are taking private music lessons and after school art classes tuition free or at a reduced rate.
Silas Custer received a scholarship for private drum lessons, Tyler Corwell, Caleb Carter and Seth Higson will be studying guitar this semester. Abigail Craddock, Levi Custer and Fiona Fisher are piano students, and Emma Craddock and Trinity Hillegas received funding for voice lessons. Nicholas Cross was awarded scholarships for both private drum lessons and Creating a Masterpiece which begins March 7.
Rusty Kunis was this semester's David Joseph Thompson II Memorial Scholarship winner. The David Joseph Thompson II Memorial Scholarship is awarded each semester to a Rock School student who is excelling in their studies and is nominated by the Tri-State faculty.
This scholarship was created in memory of David Thompson (July 12, 1976 to March 13, 2003) by his family and friends. A devoted son, brother, teacher, coach, and friend, Thompson was a graduate of Bedford High School and Kutztown University. An avid supporter of music, Thompson spent many years acting as a roadie for bands, a radio DJ, and the music events coordinator and promoter for the Regal Beegle Barn Live Concerts. Thompson founded Reegle Beegle Records in 2001 while living in Frostburg.
Following graduation from Kutztown University, Thompson became the librarian at Berlin Brothersvalley High School where he coached both the football and quiz teams while advising the Guitar Club and the yearbook. He reached out to all his students, tutoring homebound students and encouraging engagement in music and the arts with all his students.
Thompson returned to school in 2001 and would have obtained his Master's degree in education in 2003. In March of 2003, Thompson collapsed during a Ju Jutsi class because of a ruptured aortic valve.
It is the mission of the Tri-State Community School for the Arts to provide arts education to all who wish to study regardless of age, race, gender or socio-economic status. To this end, it offers a variety of classes and private lessons for all ages and in all mediums. The scholarships and various free workshops are created to allow anyone to participate on both a regular basis, or on a drop-in basis tuition free or at a reduced rate.