2009 Caitlin Scholarship Winners Visit National Center for Music Education

Molly Wilkerson (left) and McKenna Marie Klontz accepted scholarships on July 14 in Reston, Virginia. 

On July 14, two recipients of the 2009 Caitlin Merie Hurrey Memorial Scholarships, along with their family members, visited the National Center for Music Education in Reston, Virginia.

McKenna Marie Klontz of Arlington, Virginia, received the MENC Scholarship for an outstanding student and the child of an MENC member. Klontz graduated as class valedictorian from Washington-Lee High School. A piccolo player, she was drum major of the marching band and member of the Madrigals at Washington-Lee. She will attend Ohio State University in Columbus as a music education major in the fall. She is the daughter of MENC members Mary-Hannah and Paul Klontz.

Also visiting the Center was Molly Wilkerson of Huntingtown, Maryland, who received the Huntingtown Scholarship for an outstanding student from Huntingtown High School. A member of the National Honor Society and Student Government Association, she received numerous all-county and all-state choral honors and was a member of MENC’s 2009 All Eastern Chorus. She will attend Montclair State University as a music therapy major. Her parents are Dale and Sandra Wilkerson.

William Tortolano, recipient of the Military Scholarship for the son or daughter of a service band member, is on a music tour this summer. He was represented by his father SMSgt. Bill Tortolano, who is a member of the Air Force Band. The younger Tortolano is a student at Boston University, majoring in music and film studies. His mother, Mary Ann Tortolano, is a string teacher.

The recipient of the Collegiate Professional Achievement Scholarship is Audrey Rome of Williston Park, New York. Rome is a senior music education major at Long Island University/C.W. Post Campus. She is an active MENC Collegiate member and a prolific fundraiser for music education causes.

The scholarships are named for Caitlin Merie Hurrey, daughter of MENC Deputy Executive Director Earl Hurrey. Caitlin was in fourth grade at Huntingtown Elementary School when she died. A young musician, she wanted to be a music teacher.

Additional information on the scholarship recipients
Additional information on the Caitlin Merie Hurrey Memorial Scholarships

Roz Fehr, July 15, 2009. © MENC: The National Association for Music Education