At the conclusion of the program, a presentation was made to Sophie Stevens, a violinist from Yankton who has been a student of both Karen Lipp and John Thomson. Sophie was awarded an extra large gold cup after participating in the Junior Music Festival here in March.
The award is given for accumulating 60 points in the Junior Music Festival over a period of 12 years, performing both violin solos and concertos; she is the first student to have earned this cup for over 15 years.
The engraving on the cup was generously donated by Thorpe & Co. Jewelers of Sioux City, IA, one of the region�s largest family-owned businesses. In conjunction with the cup, Sophie was also given a framed certificate from the Vermillion Music Club, which sponsors the Junior Music Festival.
Jessica Bogue was also given a small gold cup for receiving a superior rating in viola solo for three years, thus earning 15 points.