MT. PLEASANT – Hale High School graduate Kaylee Bernard was recently honored by Central Michigan University (CMU) with the Presser Scholarship, which is awarded to one student per year.
According to CMU, Bernard is a senior studying music education and creative writing. She is involved with the award-winning Karios Saxophone Quartet and the CMU Saxophone Ensemble. Kaylee is a Centralis Gold Scholar, Presser Gold Scholar and has earned the Sigma Alpha lota Sword of Honor.
According to the letter Bernard received from the school, “This is a prestigious award and a commendable achievement. The Presser Scholarship guidelines specify that the entire music faculty participate in the award decision. The recipient must be “an outstanding student majoring in music” and the faculty selection process “should be guided solely by consideration of excellence.”
Bernard said in statement to CMU after earning the scholarship:
“I feel very fortunate to study with professors that invest so much time and energy into helping their students. In addition to having incredible professors, I am surrounded by peers that are driven, intelligent, and excited to create music with others,” she said. “It has been an amazing experience to be immersed in such a supportive, energetic, and thriving culture. I could not imagine a better place to pursue an education as a young musician.”