09 Jul Urbana High grad awarded scholarship to pursue musical studies
“It began with ‘The Sound of Music.’
“From the first time Annie Cromwell saw the movie as a young child, she wanted nothing more than to be like Julie Andrews. Now 18, and recently graduated from Urbana High School, Cromwell still considers Andrews her top musical role model and a guiding force in the countless hours and years she’s devoted to honing her craft: singing lessons, performances at venues including the Kennedy Center and Strathmore, and music-intensive summer camps.
“Unlike Cromwell’s deliberate pursuit of a musical career, her current job was something of an accident. A chance encounter with the dining staff while visiting her grandmother at Buckingham’s Choice led to what is now a two-year history working as a waitress in the dining room of the Adamstown senior living center.
“At face value, waiting tables and singing Broadway show tunes might not seem to overlap. But the two worlds collided for Cromwell after she was recently selected as this year’s recipient of the Beall Scholarship. The annual $18,000 scholarship is given to one high school graduate who works in dining services for one of the four senior living communities run by Integrace, according to Tara Wetherell, an Integrace spokeswoman.”
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