New music scholarship awarded to Apache Junction High School student


From Left Sharon Williams, Preston Williams, Janice Holloway, Rhonda Denius. (AJUSD/Special to the Independent)

For many years, 35 retirees at the Superstition Mountain Resort in Apache Junction, perpetuated their love of music by playing in a community band. As the musicians aged, however, they began to drop out, until the band was no longer viable. For two years, the groups’ bank account lay dormant; but in 2015, the remaining members decided the music should play on. They cleaned out the bank account and created a scholarship to go to a promising student at Apache Junction High School to help him realize his dreams of pursuing a degree and a career in music. That deserving scholarship recipient was Preston Williams.
On Wednesday, April 29, band director Janice Holloway and treasurer Rhonda Denius presented a check for $4,516.51 to Preston at the Apache Junction High School campus, 2525 S. Ironwood Drive. Preston plans to major in music with an emphasis on composing and conducting. Recently, Preston was selected from among 800 candidates to perform at the University of Arizona All-State Honor Choir Festival. He plans to spend this summer teaching music at Bridges Preschool, and will start the music program at Mesa Community College this fall.
“In our financial times this amount is far more than generous, and is just another example of dedication towards education in the Arts and the wonderful musicians we have in the Apache Junction community,” David Balogh, AJHS instrumental music director said.

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