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DHS Senior Named Winner of Karen Lightbody Kirkman Piano Scholarship
Jason Lin playing piano

Jason Lin, senior at Dalton High School, has been recognized as this year's winner of the Karen Lightbody Scholarship for his outstanding piano skills.

The Karen Lightbody Kirkman Piano Scholarship is administered by the Dalton Education Foundation. It is gifted to one applicant a year and pays for the recipient's continued musical lessons.

Karen Lightbody was an accomplished pianist, who donated her abilities to the Dalton community. With this scholarship, the family hopes the recipient is able to carry on Karen's legacy by encouraging other instrumentalists to donate their musical abilities to the Dalton community.

Lowell Kirkman, husband of Mrs. Kirkman and sponsor for the scholarship, has said that Karen's wish was for this scholarship to help others take her place by giving back to their communities the gift of their piano talents. It was established for students to use for piano lessons during their public school years.

Lin will use the scholarship to continue his studies with piano teacher Laurel Im, who he has been taking lessons from for six years.

"Jason is very dedicated with much drive," Im said. "With a passion for music, he plays with great passion and enthusiasm."

Each applicant was required to submit an application with references, recordings of performances and other information. A screening committee for the scholarship reviewed each student's application. Of the total applications, five are selected as finalists. The finalists must play two musical selections for a panel of judges, as well as a take part in a brief interview.

Lin has played piano for 10 years, performing at recitals and for Dalton High's marching band. The songs that he chose to submit to the judges for the scholarship were Impromptu in C♯ minor by Chopin and Consolation No. 2 in E Major by Liszt.

In the spirit of the scholarship, Lin donated his skills by performing one of his pieces at the annual Dalton Public Schools employee convocation at the beginning of the year.

Im said she is looking forward to seeing what the future holds for Lin.

"As his teacher, I am excited about his future in piano performance," Im said. "I know he will be a great blessing to others and the community through his gift of music."