Cape students receive performing arts scholarships from CHEF

June 20, 2013
Vocal instructor Juleeann Schlitter congratulates CHEF scholarship winner Brianna Johnson.  Johnson will attend Middle School Vocal Camp with her grant. SOURCE SUBMITTED

The Cape Henlopen Educational Foundation has announced the recipients of the 2013 Performing Arts Scholarships: Daniel Iammatteo, a graduating senior from Cape Henlopen High School; Brianna Johnson, a rising eighth-grader at Beacon Middle School; and Jackson Leadlove, a rising seventh-grader at Mariner Middle School.

The Performing Arts Grants recognize outstanding talent and encourages study in the performing arts during the summer months. This scholarship is based on ability and interest. One winner is chosen from applicants at each of  the two middle schools and the high school by members of the administration at each school. The award is for up to $500.

Iammatteo aspires to be a professional singer, he says, with “the skill to communicate intricate complexities of the heart in a single note.” To help reach his goals, he is studying with the Washington National Opera’s three-week summer program, Opera Institute at American University.

Johnson wishes to be a music teacher who eventually starts an after-school program teaching music to students who could not otherwise afford lessons. She will be attending Middle School Vocal Camp under the direction of Patricia Thel; the camp is designed to help students expand their personal potential in music.

Leadlove has been playing since he was 4 years old. He says music is a big part of who he is, and that it is an important part of life. He will continue his studies of the trumpet with private lessons throughout the summer.

The Cape Henlopen Educational Foundation exists to develop resources and increase community awareness for the Cape Henlopen School District.  Its joint mission is to prepare each student for a healthy, creative, productive life in a diverse and global society by creating an educational environment that enables each student to achieve personal excellence and lifelong learning skills to become a productive and responsible citizen.

CHEF supports innovative educational programs for Cape students that would not normally receive funding from the district. For more information about CHEF and the programs supported go to or call 302-319-3366.


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