On Wednesday, May 9th, the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts awarded scholarships to four Marco Island students. Each student received a $1,000.00 scholarship to be used towards higher education in the arts. These students included Jacob Sheldon, son of Trevor and Dawn Sheldon, Christopher Niemczyk, son of Stan and Donna Niemczyk, Connor Hegarty, son of Danny and Eileen Hegarty and Michael Rimes, son of Andy and JoAnn Rimes. Michael Rimes was not able to leave school to attend the reception but his parents represented him.
Jacob Sheldon is a graduating senior who has attended Lely High School, Lorenzo Walker School and is currently attending Marketplace Mission Learning Center on Marco Island. Jacob has been accepted at Ringling School for the Arts. His passion is for film, video, editing and movie making.
Christopher Niemczyk graduated from Lely High School in 2011, and is currently studying Music Education at the University of Central Florida. He plays the trumpet in marching band and wind ensembles and has been invited to join “The Crusaders”, a Professional Drum Corps during the coming summer months. Christopher will be traveling with “The Crusaders” and competing against other Drum Corps from all over the world which will conclude at the World Finals held in Indianapolis, Indiana on August 11, 2012.
Connor Hegarty will be a junior next fall at the University of South Florida with a pre-architecture major. He wants to be a successful artist, designer and businessman. During the summer, he works for the City of Marco Island as a Camp Mackle Summer Camp Counselor, Joey’s Pizza and creates designs for his own t-shirt company.
Michael Rimes attended Lely High School and presently attends the University of West Florida, majoring in classical guitar performance and music composition. After completing his Bachelor’s Degree of Music Performance, Michael intends to continue studying music at the graduate level in composition and performance. Presently, he teaches guitar lessons and tutors other students.
Marco Island Foundation for the Arts is a nonprofit organization that promotes the arts in public places including literary, visual and performing. This year that MIFA board decided to offer scholarships to both graduating seniors and students already in college. For more information about the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts, go to their website, www.marco arts.org