LEWISTON – The Lewiston High School Music Association has presented the Laure Champagne Memorial Scholarship to Alexis R.D. Handy.

A committee made up of four music association members chose Handy as the winner based on her essay, “What Band Means to Me.” The scholarship is worth $300. Runner-up was Stephanie Strout, who received $200.

Handy is the daughter of James R. and Sharon Handy. She will attend the University of Southern Maine in the fall and major in music performance and communications.

Strout is the daughter of Wayne and Kim Strout. She will enter Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., in the fall, majoring in media studies.

Both girls were members of the band for their four years at the high school. The scholarship is given in memory of Laure Champagne, a Lewiston High School band member who died of leukemia in 1995. The scholarship is open to all Lewiston High seniors who have participated in band or color guard. Each applicant must write an essay on the topic of “What Band (or Color Guard) Means to Me.”

The Lewiston High School Music Association is a nonprofit organization made up of parents and others who support the high school musical programs, such as band, vocal performance, strings and color guard.

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