Music Student Wins $1000 Scholarship -Press Release

Maggie Allen (center), Rick Santos (left), Mark Bodwell Principal (left of Rick) , Toni Beaver Music Teacher on Maggies right, band kids surrounding
Maggie Allen (center standing), Rick Santos (left), Mark Bodwell Principal (left of Rick) , Toni Beaver Music Teacher (on Maggie’s right),and  band mates surrounding 


WEST BRIDGEWATER  May 2, 2014    West Bridgewater eight grade music student, Margaret Allen, has a persuasive way with words.  Her winning essay was one of ten country-wide selected from thousands of entries in the 2014 School Band and Orchestra Magazine Essay Contest co-sponsored by MMR and NAMM.  On behalf of all the contest sponsors, Rick Santos of Rick’s Music World in Raynham presented Maggie with a music scholarship check for $1000 and congratulated her success in winning another $1000 worth of musical merchandise for her school, West Bridgewater Middle-High School.  The winning essays will be published in the July issues of School Band and Orchestra Magazine and MMR Magazine.

This year’s contest topic was , “Now More Than Ever, Music Education Is Important Because…”   Maggie’s essay, cleverly structured in poetic form, revealed insight into the far-reaching benefits a music student has access to, learning skills which can be used to boost their human learning experience, not only for school academics but also building character traits that increase their chance for success and enrichment over their lifetime.

School Principal, Mark Bodwell, and Christine Page, Assistant Principal applauded Maggie’s  accomplishment as she received her scholarship while surrounded by her band mates and her Music Teacher, Toni Beaver.   It was Ms. Beaver who assigned the essay project to her music students and encouraged Maggie to submit her essay.

Maggie has been playing piano for six years.  More can be learned about the benefits of music at, which also offers tools for parents, students and teachers to advocate for arts education in their towns.

###Presentation Ceremony for Maggie Allen of West Bridgewater

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