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North Hagerstown senior singing for seventh time

October 16, 1998|By KATE COLEMAN

Seventeen-year-old tenor Henry O'Neill recently hit a high note in his already successful singing career.

On Oct. 3, at University of Maryland Baltimore County, he sang two solos at the ceremony honoring the 350 students selected as 1998 Maryland Distinguished Scholars. He's one of those students.

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Students qualify for the Maryland Higher Education Commission grants - $3,000 a year for four years offered as an incentive to attend college in Maryland - on the basis of academic achievement or artistic talent. This year, 3,461 students applied in the academic category; 359 are finalists. In the talent category, 654 students were nominated; 80 are finalists.

Henry is Washington County's only talent finalist this year and was the only student to perform at the recognition ceremony in Baltimore.

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"To be selected out of all the vocalists in the state, that was quite an honor," he says.

A senior at North Hagerstown High School, Henry also is performing Thursday, Oct. 22, as part of the All-County Senior High School Chorus and as a member of Hagerstown Choral Arts, a 100-member community choral ensemble.

Thursday night's All-County Honors Chorus concert will be the seventh for Henry, who has been selected since sixth grade. He made All-State Chorus his first three years of high school, and an audition will determine his participation. He also has been nominated to the All-Eastern Chorus, and if he qualifies for that group, he'll perform at Carnegie Hall in February 1999. Henry also recently took first place in a vocal competition at Shepherd College in Shepherdstown, W.Va.

Henry is applying to several colleges - some of them in Maryland - and is thinking about majoring in music education. But he's not ruling out other possibilities his talents might present. He says he'll go wherever the winds take him.

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