From staff reports
STEUBENVILLE - The Dean Martin Festival Scholarship Committee has gone beyond the classroom walls to help students pursue their dreams within music education for more than 16 years.
This organization has worked to create a scholarship foundation in memory of Steubenville's favorite son, Dean Martin, who is internationally remembered as a lover of music, theater and film. He gained his start learning to play the drums in the Steubenville city school system.
CELEBRATING LEGACY — JoJo DiAlbert, left, owner of the Spot Bar, actor Lou Martini Jr. and Rose Angelica hold T-shirts celebrating the legacy of Steubenville’s favorite son during the Dean Martin celebration held last weekend. The event and auction annually help raise funds for the Dean Martin Scholarship, awarded to local high school students. — Contributed
Today, the Dean Martin Scholarship program showcases a belief in higher education within the arts, giving area music students a chance to achieve their dream by studying music education in college or at a university. The Dean Martin Festival has numerous success stories from students who have earned these scholarships. This year's 2013 Dean Martin Scholarship winners are Francesca Torini of Steubenville High School; Jaylynn Buchmelter of Catholic Central High School; and Pamela Kinkade of Edison High School. Each of the winners plans to pursue a degree in music education when they head to college in the fall.
This year, the Dean Martin Committee also donated to the Charlie Wilson Leadership Fund Program at Ohio University in the memory of the late Charlie Wilson, an area businessman who also represented Eastern Ohio as a member of Congress.
The committee raises the scholarship funds each year through the festival's live and silent auctions sponsored by Rose Angelica, with the help of Joe DiAlbert and actor Lou Martini Jr., who serves as the celebrity auctioneer. The auctions are held each day of the festival just before the evening show and Saturday during the day at the Spot Bar. Participation in the events show that residents of our area are willing to support area young people.
This year, the festival is helping the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School's multimedia and design program. Students enrolled in that program produce the fliers, posters and schedule content for festival along with maintaining the festival website, at www.DeanMartinSteubenville.com.
In years past, the JVS students have produced video documentaries for the festival. The students learn to handle yearly design changes, deadlines and mandates set by the committee. With the help of the festival, the multimedia program will be purchasing new Apple editing software - Final Cut X. This will give the multimedia students a chance to edit as a video professional and produce video segments similar to a college video production course.
Members of the the Dean Martin Festival Committee expressed their thanks to people who supported the auctions, the business supporters, Choice Brands of Ohio, WTOV-TV and the Spot Bar for helping to make this year's event a success.