Wyatt Wilson, a 10-year-old boy from Archerwill, is being awarded the Medal for Excellence for the Grade 2 violin exam. His outstanding performance at the exam achieved the highest mark in that subject for the entire province of Saskatchewan. Wyatt took the exam in February 2014, scoring 94 per cent.
Wyatt, who just began Grade 5 at Archerwill School, and his twin brother Cody, are both taught by music teacher Rebecca Hankins-Vopni of Tisdale. Wyatt has been playing the violin for two years under his current teacher. Cody is also a gifted musician, scoring 91.5 per cent in the same exam that Wyatt won the award for – and nineties are extremely hard to come by, in music exams.
Dale and Carrie Wilson, Wyatt’s parents, are proud. “He felt pretty good about the award,” says Carrie, “but when you’re that young I guess it doesn’t really sink in.” Wyatt has also participated in the Melfort Music Festival, where he has won numerous awards for his musical talent. He has also performed at the Nipawin Fiddle Festival and various other functions in and around the Tisdale area.
The Medal for Excellence will be awarded at the 2014 Conservatory Canada Convocation in London, Ont., on Nov. 8. As well as the award ceremony, there will be a celebratory dinner for the musicians and their parents, and a recital by the students to showcase their musical talents.
Wyatt Wilson is the grandson of Frances Zagrodney of Wadena and Bob and Linda Wilson of Archerwill.
By Sidney Rana