The Huron-Superior Catholic District School Board is pleased to announce that Brylie Yarkie, a Grade 7 student at Sacred Heart Catholic School in Espanola, has received the Matthew Ferguson Scholarship to attend the Music Theatre Division at the National Music Camp of Canada.
Among the scholarship’s requirements is a demonstration of commitment to arts programs and leadership within the school community.
Yarkie fulfilled these requirements in numerous ways. She has been active in the school choir since she was in Grade 1. In Grade 3, she wrote a song that was included on a school fundraising CD. In Grade 5, she had the challenging role of Grace Farrell in a production of Annie Jr. And in Grade 6, she had the title role of Willy Wonka in Willy Wonka Jr.
Although this past year was a ‘quiet’ year for the Drama Club, students in Grades 5 to 8 performed a collection of one-act plays. Yarkie wrote, directed, and choreographed a one-act musical for this production, while also acting in a film spoof of Star Wars. Yarkie wrote all of the music with very little assistance and continues to demonstrate considerable talent in the arts.
“I can’t say enough about Brylie’s enthusiasm for the arts. She is a fantastic example of how being involved in school beyond the classroom can lead to bigger and better things. I am thrilled that she will have this opportunity and can’t wait to see what she brings back to the school next year,” said Sacred Heart Arts Teacher, Jodi Bourcier.
“Getting this scholarship means the world to me. I feel so lucky to get this chance. I can’t thank the National Music Camp enough for giving me this opportunity. I can’t wait to show them what I’ve got,” said Yarkie.
“Brylie is deserving of this, as she shows a true passion for the arts. I also congratulate Mrs. Bourcier, who has instilled a love for the performing arts in Brylie and many other students here at Sacred Heart,” said Sacred Heart Principal, Syndy Withers.
“This is wonderful news for Brylie and Sacred Heart. I know that Jodi Bourcier has been a champion of the arts at Sacred Heart and her dedication shows in the quality of productions the school presents. The whole school community should be proud that one of its own has received such an honour,” said HSCDSB Director of Education, John Stadnyk.
The National Music Camp will provide Yarkie with a full week of instruction in musical theatre, tuition free, and allow her to network with others who share her passion for the arts.