For 20 years, John Pearce served in the Naperville Central High School music department and played a vital part in shaping the program. To honor his legacy, Alumni created the John Pearce Performing Arts Scholarship for an outstanding graduating senior from band, choir or orchestra.
“The scholarship of this type is so important not only to continue the memory of John Pearce and all the great things that he did, but also for students who want to continue their music endeavors past high school,” said Chairwoman of the John Pearce Performing Arts Scholarship, Raeleen Horn.
After an extensive application process, alumni selected senior Isaac Frank, who has been studying percussion for several years and serves as a composer, arranger, performer and teacher.
“I was super excited to receive such an award after such an amazing person John Pearce and to be the first person to receive this award is a great honor, because I know Mr. Pearce, he kind of established music at Naperville Central and was the first person to facilitate the music program,” said Isaac Frank, Award Recipient.
Frank was chosen for the inaugural $1,000 scholarship on March 19 and plans on majoring in Industrial Engineering in college, with a possible double major in Music Education.
Isaac will be receiving the scholarship and performing his solo audition piece on May 13 at Naperville Central’s band concert.
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