2016 Recipient — Kathleen O’Connor
Kathleen O’Connor is a senior at Central Bucks High School South where she has been heavily involved in the music program. As a flute player she has been a member of the marching, concert and symphonic bands. Kathleen has also sung in the Symphonic Chorale and Women’s Ensemble, and been an active member of the Titan Thespians theater troupe. She has committed to Lebanon Valley College where she will be majoring in Audio and Music Production
Kathleen’s musical service outside of school illustrates her willingness to give freely of her time and talent. She performs at church and also sings at a local nursing home during the holidays. Perhaps most impressively, however, is that Kathleen has taken it upon herself to perform for an elderly woman who lives alone after losing her daughter in a car accident.
In her reflection, Kathleen states, “Music is the backbone to my life. If I’m not making music, I’m probably listening to music. I know the theory, I know the industry. Music is what I want to do as a career for the rest of my life.” After much debate and careful consideration of all applicants the evaluation committee believed unanimously that Kathleen best exemplified the core principals outlined in the scholarship application and embodied the personal qualities that best represent the “spirit” of the award. She is truly a deserving recipient of this year’s Ronald W. LaMar Memorial Scholarship.