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Marshall Middle School student’s essay named winner in national contest

Thursday, Apr. 10 | By Fauquier Times Staff
Ember Skirsky, a sixth-grader at Marshall Middle School, is one of 10 winners in a nationwide essay contest sponsored by SB&O (SCHOOL BAND AND ORCHESTRA) magazine. Prompt for the contest, open to students in grades 4-12, was “Now more than ever, music education is important because…”

Debbie Price, orchestra teacher at MMS, turned the contest into a writing assignment for all students in her orchestra classes. She submitted the essays to the magazine last November and in March learned from the magazine’s executive director that Ember’s essay had been selected one of 10 winners. Ember’s essay touts the important lifelong skills that music education helps students develop – skills like concentration, memorization, focus, hands-on learning and problem-solving – in a time when students rely too heavily on electronics, instead of thinking skills, to find answers.

For her essay, which was selected from several thousand entries throughout the United State, Ember will receive a $1,000 cash scholarship to further her music education. Her essay will be posted on the SCHOOL BAND AND ORCHESTRA website at http://www.sbomagazine.com and will be featured in the magazine this summer.

As a result of Ember’s accomplishment, Marshall Middle School will receive music products from participating co-sponsors

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