2014 Scholarship Winners
Bradley Pettit will graduate from Valley Center High School where he was a member of the honor roll and held the title of “Most Helpful and Versatile Musician.” He will attend Palomar College in the fall before transferring to the University of the Pacific or UC Berkeley to study physics and music. Bradley is truly versatile – playing piano and trombone as well as singing – and he performed in Jazz Band, Jazz Choir, Concert and Marching Band while at Valley Center High. Naturally gifted in music, he is a great sight-reader and learns music easily after hearing it a few times. While music is his passion, he is a first degree Black Belt in Tae-kwon-do and plans to instruct while at college. His dream, as you will see, is to be a show pianist reminiscent of Liberace and Jerry Lee Lewis and to bring excitement to live music performances.
Jason Kim will graduate from Westview High School, where he has earned membership in the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS). He has studied piano for 12 years and at a young age realized the piano is what he wanted to do with his life. He has competed and earned numerous honors and plans to attend USC’s Thornton School of Music majoring in piano performance to attain his Bachelors and Masters degrees. Jason has already performed at Carnegie Hall and regularly shares his gift with others through fundraising benefit concerts, accompanying others and volunteering at senior centers. His private piano teacher, an associate professor at USC calls him talented, disciplined and hard working. That’s the right combination for success, his desire to play and conduct professionally seems assured.
Megan Perry, from Scripps Ranch High School, plans to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts in musical theatre with a minor in education at CSU Fullerton in the fall. A hard worker, she works part-time waitressing and directs and teaches musical theatre at Thurgood Marshall Middle School. The choral and music director calls her “a tremendous asset” who shows “diversity and ability on and off the stage.” At Scripps Ranch High she was president of the Drama Club and as team captain for IMPROV Megan has made it the popular hot commodity where the group regularly performs to huge crowds. She has performed in over 20 productions across the county. To perform on Broadway is her dream; to entertain and teach others the power of the arts is something she is doing right now.
Jack Adkins, of Valhalla High School, has been accepted at the Berklee College of Music for a 5-week intensive program this summer to hone his technical vocal skills. While there he hopes to audition to continue his studies after a year at Grossmont College. He loves to sing and his goal is to be a professional musician. It was his grandfather’s record collection that introduced him to the smooth styles of Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, and Nat King Cole. Jack has appeared in numerous theatre productions, where he’s known for his easy stage presence and amazing singing voice. It was in his senior year that he discovered chorale singing, and during an Honors Chamber Choir tour of Eastern Europe experienced the power of music while singing an impromptu prayer song outside of Auschwitz.
Meagan Wu will graduate from Canyon Crest Academy and has chosen Yale to study biology and music. She has worked hard during her school years; earning high scholastic marks, becoming principal cellist with the San Diego Youth Symphony, earning three invitations to Carnegie Hall, and forming a piano trio with two friends where they performed many hours at public libraries and senior care homes throughout the county. She has won numerous awards for her music and her service to the community. Her social science teacher calls her a “renaissance woman” – intelligent, creative, one who excels in all areas including music, art and science, humble with an innate desire to learn new things and above all a good person. No matter what Meagan decides to do after college, she is a person poised to make an impact on the world.
Oksana Germain will graduate from Heritage Christian School. She plans to major in piano performance at either the Eastman or Cleveland Institutes of Music, and eventually pursue a Masters in collaborative piano. She began lessons at the early age of five, giving credit to having been blessed with wonderful teachers. Her current teacher describes her as having an “inner passion balanced by a strong intellect” who “lives and breathes music.” Oksana works very hard and has won numerous awards, while offering private piano lessons and acting as accompanist in two choirs. Gifted with perfect pitch, she enjoys singing in her church choir. Her interests include volunteering at a local equine therapeutic program for children with disabilities which combines her love of horses with her fondness for working with children.