Congratulations to our 2017 MAIN Scholarship Winners
Charlie Weir Scholarship – Ryan Breslin from Brick Memorial HS
Virginia Kraft Scholarship – Victoria Yeager from Spring-Ford Area HS
NJNJ Scholarship – Olivia Kleintz from AMP
MAIN Scholarship – Dana Finkelstein from Wayne Hills HS
Mary T. Denniston Scholarship – Silvia Marsillo from Mahwah HS
2017 MAIN Scholarship Program
The Mid-Atlantic Indoor Network is proud to present a scholarship program to those performers who wish to continue their pursuit of academic excellence. In 2017, MAIN is offering four scholarships. Any member unit is invited to select one participant to apply for this scholarship. The unit must be a member of the Mid-Atlantic Indoor Network in good standing and must attend the Mid-Atlantic Indoor Network Championships on April 22nd, 2017 at South Brunswick HS. Participants must be high school seniors, or students enrolled at an Institution of higher learning. A scholarship committee comprised of unit directors and instructors will review each application and select those candidates who demonstrate academic excellence, leadership qualities, and personal achievements.
2017 MARY T. DENNISTON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
The Mid-Atlantic Indoor Network would like to honor the loss of one of our most influential adjudicators. Mary T. Denniston was one of those individuals who played a prominent role in the growth of the Mid-Atlantic Indoor Network. She was the co-founder of the East Coast Judges Guild and throughout the years was an adjudicator for Mid-Atlantic Indoor Network (M.A.I.N.), Drum Corps International, Drum Corps Associates, Winter Guard International, Youth Education in the Arts, Tournament of Bands, and the National Judges Association.
She was known nationally for her dedication to Color Guard, Marching Bands and the Drum Corps activity. An adjudication leader for more than 30 years, Mary’s integrity and commitment to the performers had set her apart. She served on the WGI Task Force for a number of years and offered a wealth of information to guards, new judges, and pageantry as a whole. She was inducted into the WGI Hall of Fame in 1995, the highest honor recognized by WGI. Her guidance has helped to shape our programs, spirits, and lives. This scholarship is in dedication to her commitment to education in the arts and to the continuation of her legacy.
2017 CHARLIE WEIR MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
On January 9th 2015, MAIN lost Charles J. Weir who was an original member of the MAIN executive board. As a young man he was a member of Townsmen and Royal Brigade Drum & Bugle Corps and the financial manager of the Pegasus Winter Guard. As a member of the executive board of MAIN, he took on many roles, was a guiding force to the guards, their instructors and directors, but also the organization of the yearly championship show. There would be many a night prior to championships that you would find Charlie, his family and members of the Pegasus organization assembling the many trophies, selecting pictures for the championship year book, as well as any other task needed to have a successful event. Charlie always made sure the guard members had their opportunity to shine. Charlie left too soon but definitely made the world a better place.
Because Charlie loved the activity so much, the family has established a scholarship in Charlie’s memory, the Charles J. Weir Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship is in dedication to his loyalty and commitment to the activity and to the development of all performers within the activity.
2017 VIRGINIA KRAFT SCHOLARSHIP FOR LEADERS
The Mid-Atlantic Indoor Network would like to honor one of the most influential and dedicated founders of our circuit. Virginia Kraft is one of the founders of MAIN and has helped the organization grow and thrive for 20 years. Ginny is an amazing leader and fierce competitor. She consistently leads by example and is well respected in the color guard community. It is not only Ginny’s tremendous success that makes her so well respected. It is her dedication to her students and to the organization that has provided us all an opportunity to grow and compete on levels that were previously unavailable to color guards in our region. Her immense love of the activity and leadership is inspiring to us all.
2017 MAIN SCHOLARSHIP
The Mid-Atlantic Indoor Network was formed by a group of guard directors and instructors concerned with the future of the activity. The number one goal of MAIN is to strengthen our area color guard programs through community support, qualified adjudication and up-to-date education. The MAIN Executive Board offers a scholarship to continue the support of growth of our students.
The 2017 MAIN Scholarship Committee has presented the following guidelines regarding the application process:
- The recipient must be a high school senior or already attending an institution of higher learning.
- The recipient must be an active marching member of a unit who will compete at MAIN Championships.
- Each unit may submit only one nominee.
- MAIN will award scholarship(s), to be paid directly to the recipient who should use the award for educational purposes.
- The recipients will be chosen by the MAIN Scholarship Committee which is comprised of unit directors and instructors.
- The awards will be announced at MAIN Championships, Date TBA.