Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Waccamaw High School’s Tyler Elling took part in the University of South Carolina School of Music scholarship signing day celebration.
Elling, who is a trumpet player at WHS, along with other future USC-Columbia music students, each had their moment to shine by signing their scholarship letters at the Williams-Brice Stadium pressroom with parents and School of Music personnel in attendance.
It is the first time the School of Music held a national commitment day for music students, which was inspired by the big time college student-athletes’ signing days.
“It was such an honor to take part in their first signing day,” Elling said. “It was an amazing experience.”
The signing celebration was followed by a small reception with students, music faculty and staff members.
The event is the brainchild of music admissions director, Jennifer Jablonski.
“We feel strongly that music scholarship students deserve the same kind of attention and praise as student-athletes,” said Jablonski.
Elling will major in music education and performance at USC. She finished her senior year as the Waccamaw Marching Warrior Band captain. She also teaches private trumpet lessons to Waccamaw Intermediate and Middle School students.
When finished with classes at the high school each day, she travels to Waccamaw Intermediate to help as a student music director under Nancy Randall.
“I started music in sixth grade with Mrs. Randall as my teacher,” Elling said. “I have been extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to learn even more from her and teach by her side.”
In February, Randall, her students and the WIS administration raised money and awarded Elling with a scholarship for her first year’s college school books.
“I was completely surprised,” said Elling, “I can’t thank them enough. Music has always been my passion. I can’t wait to attend USC in the fall.”