February 11, 2016

SSC graduate earns music scholarship from Alma College



STANDISH — Megan Jurek, a 2009 graduate of Standish-Sterling Central High School, has been named this year’s recipient of Alma College’s Thomas John Sova ’94 Memorial Endowed Scholarship.

According to Alma College director of communications Mike Silverthorn, the scholarship is a one-year annual scholarship worth $550. He said priority in awarding the scholarship is given to music education majors from the mid-Michigan area.

Jurek, a sophomore, is majoring in music education at Alma. She said she would like to teach high school band once she graduates from college.

“I’d like to get a job right out of college,” she said.

Jurek also said the Sova scholarship is an endowed scholarship, and part of an academic scholarship she received when entering Alma as a freshman.

According to a Nov. 22 press release from Alma College, the scholarship is named for former Alma College student Tommy Sova, who entered Alma College in fall of 1989, pursuing a degree in music. He completed his degree requirements in December 1993 and planned to participate in the college’s commencement ceremony on April 24, 1994. However, he died on April 21, 1994.

Jurek said she first started playing in the band when she was in sixth grade, learning how to play the saxophone. She said while attending SSC, she performed in the high school’s marching and concert bands. Jurek added that she currently takes part in a saxophone quartet at Alma, along with the marching, jazz, and concert bands, and a choral singing group.

Jurek is the daughter of Richard and Debra Jurek of Standish and has one younger brother, Benjamin.

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