LIMA — A Lima Senior High School musician and singer is this year’s winner of the Ronald W. Richards Young Musicians’ Scholarship Award from the Kiwanis Club of Lima.
Bryson Tarbet, who plans to be a music teacher, recently was honored by the club. The son of Mike and Kathy Tarbet plans to attend Ohio Wesleyan University in the fall.
“I want to be a music teacher because I have had so many amazing music teachers that have changed my life,” Tarbet said in his application. “I want to be able to look back on my life and know that I made a difference on the lives of my students.”
Richards was music director for Lima schools for 25 years and served for 30 years as choral director at Trinity. The awards have been given in his honor since 1986.
Tarbet began cantering at St. Gerard Catholic Church at age 11 and still does. He began singing through the Lima schools arts magnet program in the fifth grade, the same year he picked up the viola. The next year, he began playing the French horn.
He has been in Lima Senior’s marching, pep and symphonic bands, string orchestra, Masterworks Choir, Spartanaires Chamber Choir, Show Choir and Spartan Four Barbershop Quartet. Tarbet also is in the Lima Area Youth Orchestra and was selected to the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp International Choir last summer.
“Bryson is a musician of the highest caliber,” orchestra director David Stein wrote in his nominating letter. “Bryson, like most teenagers, has a busy lifestyle but is able to keep music at the center of his life while maintaining the highest standards of academic success.”
The following students earned John Philip Sousa Band Awards: Trey Gossard and Alexandera Mertz, of Allen East; Baily Erickson, of Bath; Nicholas Slinger, of Bluffton; Paige Miller, of Delphos Jefferson; Calvin Vonderwell, of Delphos St. John’s; Lindsey Wisher, of Elida; Kyle Ferris, of Lima Central Catholic; Sodapop Johnson, of Perry; Josh Thomas, of Shawnee; Michael Whetstone, of Spencerville; and Natalie Johnston, of Temple Christrian. Tarbot also earned the award.