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Meghan Lee wins dance scholarship By Amy Reardon The dance world lost a unique artist 10 years ago when James Jamieson passed away, but the Delaware Community Foundation hopes to keep his memory alive with a scholarship for dedicated ballet students. The scholarship, which began this year, honors pas- sionate students who have the talent and heart to pur- sue professional careers. Meghan Lee, 15-year-old Lewes resident, won one of the $500 scholarships this May. "I nominated Meghan because she has the best atti- tude, is the most committed and has drive and ambi- tion. She also has all the perfect tools: talent and the right body type," said director of First State Acade- my of Dance Michele Xiques Torgerson. "She's passionate about dancing, is always posi- tive and willing to learn. I thought she had an excel- lent chance to win the scholarship, which she obvi- ously did." Students had to audition for the scholarship and write essays explaining why they want to be dancers. "I love being on stage," said Lee. "It's so fun to be in costume and make-up. You can be a completely different person. It's like adult dress-ups. I love re- hearsals. I love everything about dancing." Lynches celebrate 65th Lee's dedication to dance takes her to lessOns five nights a week; two of those nights her mother drives her to Wilmington for instruction. "It's interesting to learn from a variety of teach- ers," said Lee. "One of my teachers is Russian and very classical. Different teachers have different ways of doing things and can gi,e different correc- tions to help you. Sometimes my mom goes to Bor- ders during my lessons in Wilmington; lately she worked on her taxes." Lee plans to attend North Carolina School of the Arts intensive summer program this year. "I would love to go there full-time," said Lee. "Because dance is so stressful on your joints and body, you can only do it for so long. Some dancers go to college, but others try to get noticed and join a company. I would love to be a professional dancer, if at all possible." James Jamieson starred in Broadway plays and taught for major dance companies throughout the world. The week before he died at age 73 he gave his last performance in the Nutcracker. The Jamieson scholarship not only helps pay for dance lessons, it honors the kind of passion and dedication it takes to be a professional dancer. wedding anniversary By Erik Sumption Lewes residents Ernie and Leo- ra Lynch defy the odds. In a world where marriages can be an- nulled quicker than the ceremony itself, the couple showed how strong a bond can exist between two human beings by .celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary June 7. Most of Lynch's family which includes their two children, seven- grandchildren, 16 great-grandchil- dren and one great-great-grand- child, all gathered at Henlopen Grahge Hall in Lewes to honor the couple on the rare occasion. The Lynchs are a quiet pair, but anyone in their presence can see and feel the emotion between them. Constantly they are wrap- Continued on page 63 CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, June 13 - June 19, 2003 - 61 Amy Reardon photo Meghan Lee won Delaware Community Foundation's James Jamieson Memorial Scholarship this year. Shown is Lee during a dance lesson at First State Academy. Erik Sumption photo Lewes residents Ernie and Leora Lynch share a laugh as they celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary with a party at Grange Hall June 7. The couple were officially married on June 8, 1938 in Elkton, Md. after running away to tie the knot. r lll