MHS senior wins Kiwanis Music Showcase
Model High senior wins Kiwanis Music Showcase
Posted on 02/28/2012
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Luke Robert, a senior at Model High School, won the 2nd Annual Kiwanis Music Showcase held on Saturday at Shorter University. Robert played an original song titled “Oblivious” on banjo to take the top award and a $1,000 scholarship at the showcase of area high school musical talent. The scholarship is funded by the Kiwanis Club of Rome and the Rome Area Council for the Arts. Ten high school students participated in the event sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Rome. Robert is now eligible to compete in the Kiwanis Georgia District Music Competition that will be held in Carrollton, Georgia at the Carrollton Cultural Arts Center on April, 28, 2012. 

When asked about how he wrote the song he played for the judges, Robert said, “I was just playing around on my banjo a few weeks ago and just came up with the tune.” He certainly impressed the judges with his song and his ability to play the banjo during the contest that displayed a wide array of area musical talent. Contestants played classics on violin and clarinet, sang show tunes from Broadway, played original compositions and played classic rock anthems during the showcase competition. 

Robert was encouraged to apply for the scholarship contest by Jan Mendence, Model High School counselor and advisor for the Model High Key Club. Robert has been accepted to the University of Georgia and he plans to study biology. He would like to pursue a career in the medical field.

The Rome Kiwanis Club is affiliated with Kiwanis International, a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child at a time. Locally, the Kiwanis club serves the children and youth of the community, Georgia and the world through a variety of service projects. The group sponsors high school key clubs at Model High, Rome High and Pepperell High to encourage service to the community at the high school level. The Kiwanis also holds an Art Showcase each year in late March or early April to promote the visual arts.