By Mo Cranker on March 20, 2017.
On a night where more than $20,000 in scholarships were handed out, it was the smiles, hugs and performances that will create life-long memories for the contestants of this year’s Rotary Music Festival.
Sunday marked the final day of the festival, with the Stars of the Festival night taking place from 7-9:30 p.m. at Medicine Hat College.
Though there were many winners throughout the evening, the biggest was Anjali Mishra, who took home the Rose Bowl and a $1,000 scholarship for her Friday night speech performance.
Mishra said she could not believe it when she heard her name called.
“I think flabbergasted is a good word to describe how I feel right now,” she said. “Speech hardly wins grand prizes, so I was hardly expecting to win tonight — when I was left until the final two people, and then won, I could not believe it.”
The 17-year-old Medicine Hat High School student is off to university next year, and she plans to keep up with practicing speech as much as she can during her post-secondary studies.
“I really want to keep doing this — it’s just such a good outlet for yourself,” she said. “I just find it so much fun to pretend to be someone else and I really hope that never goes away.”
The festival was the Rotary Club’s 62nd annual event, and committee chairman Don Davis says he is ecstatic with how this year’s festival went.
‘This year was a very terrific success,” he said. “The way everything has gone this year has just been so great, and we’re very thankful for all of the participants, teachers and parents for coming out each and every day.”
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