The Crystal Lake Strikers have announced four recipients of scholarships presented to members of the group’s student ensembles, which include more than 90 students from area schools.
Megan Janis, a senior at Crystal Lake Central High School, was awarded the 10th annual Timothy Althoff Memorial Scholarship. The Strikers drumline created the scholarship in honor of Althoff, the late husband of McHenry County Board member Pamela Althoff.
Timothy Althoff had a lifelong love of drumming and his community. He was widely involved and made many contributions to the area, prompting the scholarship in his name.
Janis is a four-year member of the Strikers’ All-Stars drumline, a mentor for the Strikers’ Girls on the Drum middle-school program and participates in the Strikers’ adult group that performs during the summer.
The fourth annual William Laskey Memorial Scholarship recipient is Bailey Schneyr, a senior from Prairie Ridge High School. The scholarship is given in honor of Laskey, the longtime band director at Crystal Lake Community (Central) High School and director of the award-winning Heraldry Guard marching band. Laskey’s former students felt a scholarship for a local music student was the ideal way to recognize his work.
Schneyr has been a member of the Convergence Winter Guard for four years, part of the Strikers’ All-Stars for two seasons, participated in the adult line for one summer and has served as a mentor for Girls on the Drum and the Strikers’ new group for students with special needs, Kingpins.
Ethan Henry, a senior at LaSalle-Peru High School, and Crystal Lake South senior Lindsey Klotz were awarded the second annual Strikers Founders’ Scholarships presented in honor of the organization’s founders, Brett Hopkins, Tom Kundmann and Aaron Shepley.
Henry is in his second year with the Crystal Lake Thunder, the Strikers’ competitive winter drumline. Klotz has been with Convergence for all four years of its existence.
“I am so impressed by the quality and commitment of these students. Watching them perform is a great experience,” said David Purdy, a former student of Laskey’s. “These four young people are deserving of the scholarships they received, and we look forward to watching them grow.”
The Crystal Lake Strikers is a performing arts organization that provides a performance outlet for adult drummers and education for local students. Georgio’s Pizza, Home State Bank, Althoff Industries, the Foglia Family Foundation, Phoenix Woodworking and Ormsby Motors are corporate sponsors.