Montana student wins state-wide songwriting competition for Special Olympics


The Clark Fork Chronicle, a community newspaper in Missoula County, Montana, USA, this week has a story about local student Morissa Trunzo (pictured right), who has won a state-wide songwriting competition run by Project UNIFY, a student advocacy program run by the Special Olympics organisation:

The song-writing contest was conceived as a way of encouraging high school and middle school musicians to use music in spreading the Project UNIFY message. Morissa’s song “Just Believe” was judged best at representing Project UNIFY’s goals of acceptance, respect and inclusion for people of all abilities. As part of her Grand Prize, Morissa will travel to Athens, Greece this June to attend the Special Olympics World Summer Games. She will also record “Just Believe” at a professional studio in Bozeman, Montana with professional musicians.

And of course Morissa used Sibelius to produce the final sheet music for her winning song:

Under the supervision of Frenchtown music teacher, Troy Bashor, Morissa used the Frenchtown high school’s Sibelius music notation software to create sheet music for Just Believe.

Congratulations to Morissa! You can read the full story here.

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