A’Court announces inaugural scholarship winner

Charlie A’Court announced today the first-ever recipient of the newly formed Charlie A’Court Scholarship for Excellence in Music (CASEM).

“It is with great excitement to announce high school graduating student, Noah Hartlen as the inaugural recipient of the Charlie A’Court Scholarship for Excellence in Music,” says A’Court. “Noah displays a high calibre of musicianship for his age and his academic discipline has earned him a spot in the Bachelor of Music program at Acadia University.

Hartlen, a trumpet player, is graduating from Cobequid Educational Centre in Truro after having earned top honours in Music and he also sat as president of the CEC Band Executive during his entire high-school career. Outside the many band projects Hartlen was a part of, the Truro-native also performed as lead trumpeter in the Nova Scotia Youth Wind Ensemble and Nova Scotia Honour Jazz. Noah presently plays principle trumpet in the prestigious Denis Wick Canadian Wind Orchestra, one of the premier honour band programs in Canada.

A’Court is thoroughly taken by the level of musical prowess and academic skill of all the applicants for the scholarship’s first year. “It takes conviction and devotion to balance out the responsibilities of these students on and off the stage and I was seriously impressed by this group of students,” A’Court explains. “Though only one recipient can be selected, all the applicants can be truly proud of their success to this point.”

CASEM and A’Court himself will be on hand to congratulate and present the $500 (CDN) award to Hartlen at CEC’s graduating ceremony this Thursday evening in Truro. The 2017 CEC Graduation Ceremony will be steaming live June 29th at 7:30PM on the CEC website.

To mark the 20th anniversary since A’Court graduated from CEC, the high school was specifically gifted the scholarship for its inaugural year, but A’Court has plans to expanded the scholarship province-wide next year.