T idewater Trader May 27, 2020 Page 44 Courtney Adams Wins The Mainstay 2020 Scholarship Flautist Courtney Adams, a 2020 graduate of Queen Anne’s County High School, has won The Main- stay’s 2020 music scholarship competition. The Mainstay, the premier live music performance venue in Rock Hall, opened its $3,000 scholar- ship competition to senior music students attending a public school in Kent, Cecil and Queen Anne’s c o u n t i e s who plan to pur- sue music study in higher ed- ucation. In addi- tion to be- ing active in her high s c h o o l ’ s music pro- gram, Ms. A d a m s pe r f o rms with the Baltimore Symphony Youth Or- chestra and has been admitted to this year’s Maryland All-State Band. This fall, she will attend the University of Maryland where she will major in Flute Performance. Her lifelong goal is to become a member of a professional sym- phony orchestra. Her flute teacher Kim Valerio says of Ms. Adams, “She is a naturally gifted flutist with a full focused sound, excel- lent technique, and a mature con- cept of musical phrasing.” In addition to letters of recommen- dations from their primary music teachers and letters outlining their experience, interests and plans for further study, each candidate in the competition submitted an au- dition video posted to YouTube to showcase two pieces of music of contrasting styles. Each candidate was judged on technical facility, musical interpretation, and artistic presentation. Mainstay Programming Manager John Thomas (also on the music faculty of Washington College) says, “Although we had a highly competitive group of applicants this year, Courtney was the clear winner. Not only is she a great per- former, but she has a clear vision for what she wants to do with her future, and how her music-making will be part of that future.” Ms. Adams says of the award, “I am excited and honored to know that the Mainstay will support me in my musical endeavors and turning my passion into a career!” In addition to presenting an eclec- tic mix of live music at its venue in Rock Hall, The Mainstay is com- mitted to providing educational experiences and opportunities to students. Executive Director Carol Colgate notes that “music educa- tion develops other attributes as well, such as creativity, discipline, perseverance, composure and col- laboration. We hope to encourage not only a high level of technical and performance abilities, but a lifelong appreciation of music for a whole generation of students.” The Mainstay (Home of Musical Magic) is the friendly informal storefront performing arts center on Rock Hall’s old time Main Street. It is a 501(c)(3), nonprofit dedicated to the arts, serving Rock Hall and the surrounding region and is committed to presenting local, regional and national level talent, at a reasonable price, in an almost perfect acoustic setting. Information is available at www.mainstayrockhall.org a nd also on The Mainstay’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ mainstayrockhall. Courtney Adams Kent Center Adds Residential Home Kent Center is pleased to announce the addition of another residen- tial home in our community. Kent Center is the primary provider of daytime habilitation, employment services, and community living in Kent and Northern Queen Anne’s Counties for more than 80 adults with developmental and intellec- tual disabilities. The addition of this home in College Heights takes Kent Center to a total of 14 resi- dences operated throughout their service area. Community Living services allow persons supported by the pro- gram to live in their community of choice, with other individuals who have a disability, with the support of trained staff. Residential ar- rangements are based primarily on the complexity and level of ser- vices required by the individual. Kent Center strives to support all individuals in leading indepen- dent lives as part of the commu- nity. “Every adult deserves the right to make choices for themselves about where they live, and who they live with,” Teresa Davis, Residential Manager for Kent Center com- mented, “having many options and the flexibility to change and grow with the people we support is something that makes us feel so fortunate to be in this community.” The Rodney House will be home to three young women who live and work and in Chestertown. Named for the late Gwen Rod- ney, a nurse employed with Kent Center who passed in early 2019. Gwen was known throughout the company as an advocate for disability services, and a compas- sionate nursing professional. As someone who put in many long hours as a teacher and mentor for her colleagues, as well as persons supported through programming, it was a unanimous decision to name the new residence after her. “Gwen will be remembered for her dedication to Kent Center and her devotion to our individuals. She was a person who always put others’ needs ahead of her own.” Melissa Owen, Kent Center Of- fice Manager remembered. Before Rodney was employed by the company in 2011, she was an ad- vocate for disability awareness in her role at the Kent County Health Department. Rodney first became involved with Kent Center as a volunteer when it was located in Betterton, and known as Angel’s Haven. In addition to touching the lives of the individuals served, Kent Center also impacts the families through programs and commu- nity connection opportunities. Family members are able to create support network of friends and engage with staff to provide a safe and nurturing environment where our individuals can flourish. Learn more about Kent Center by calling 410-778-7303 or visiting them on- line at www.kentcenter.org. GOODNEWS PAGE Newsworthy Notes From You The Readers Centreville Middle School Student Will Represent Maryland in National Contest Centreville Middle School eighth grade student Savannah Buffum will represent Maryland in the HistoryDayNational Contest, June 14 th -20 th , hosted by the University of Maryland. Buffum earned one of two spots in the Individual Doc- umentaries division finals with her Individual Documentary on the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs). Her work was among 18 projects selected to advance in the Junior Division (Grades 6 to 8) on May 2 nd during the Maryland State History Day Contest. Savannah began her journey to the National Contest by earning a first- place finish at the school contest and winning her division at the Upper Shore Regional History Day on March 7 th at Washington Col- lege. At the Upper Shore Regional History Day event, Buffum took home the “Best In Region” trophy as the best Individual Documenta- ry fromCecil, Kent, Queen Anne’s, or Talbot Counties. History Day is an academic en- richment program for students in grades 6-12. Students selected top- ics connected to an annual theme and complete in-depth research on the topic. Participation in the program continues to grow with more than 500,000 students par- ticipating annually across the nation. This year’s theme was “Breaking Barriers in History.” Students presented their conclu- sions by creating museum-style exhibits, media documentaries, research papers, interactive web- sites, and dramatic performances. Buffum entered in her third an- nual History Day competition this year. In sixth and seventh grades, she advanced to the regional and state competitions. Buffum made it to the runoff round last year at Maryland History Day (a program of Maryland Humanities) with an Individual Documentary on Rich- ie Valens, one of the top eight proj- ects in the category. Congratulations and best wishes Savannah!