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Marimba player Zachary Achterhoff-Failing took home first-place honors in the 2019 TrueNorth Music Scholarship Contest.

Achterhoff-Failing, a Hesperia High School freshman, topped a field of 17 students at the TrueNorth Service Center’s Multipurpose Room on March 26. He earned a $200 scholarship for his performance.

Finishing as runner-up was Josie Visser, a Fremont Christian School eighth grader, on piano. She earned a $150 scholarship.

Also placing were Sierra Horton, a Fremont High School sophomore, on piano; Cody Routley, a Fremont High School sophomore, on piano; Mikayla Slovinski, a Fremont High School freshman, on piano; and Kayla Rounds, a Newaygo High School junior, on flute. They all received $100 scholarships.

The judge for the contest was Brian Lewis, a retired music teacher and local musician. The competition is organized by TrueNorth Community Services’ Cultural Enrichment Programs.

“The judge was truly impressed with the overall musicianship of the students,” said Brenda Huckins Bonter, TrueNorth Cultural Arts coordinator. “Plus, it was really exciting to see a great turnout this year and the interest from so many schools.”

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