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Marimba player Jackson Nelson took top honors in the TrueNorth Music Scholarship Contest.

Jackson was among eight students from Newaygo High School and Newaygo Middle School taking part in the contest, which was held Monday, April 23, at Newaygo High School and was coordinated by TrueNorth Community Services. Jackson earned the $200 first-place scholarship for his performance.

Finishing runner-up was Quinn Hefferan-Nordlun, on flute, earning a $150 scholarship. Also placing were Emma Rasmussen, on flute, and Mackenzie Hurrle, on percussion, earning them each a $100 scholarship.

Retired music teacher Brian Lewis judged the contest. The scholarships were awarded through the Dana Marie Fetterley Memorial Scholarship, which is designated for Newaygo students, said Brenda Huckins Bonter, TrueNorth Cultural Arts coordinator.

Special thanks went to Newaygo music teacher Katie Bayne for “encouraging her students to excellence,” Huckins Bonter said.

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