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Mentor Susan Berry; RingFest founder and director William Ashley; and Alexandra Murphy, the 2019 recipi- ent of the Susan Berry Leadership in Handbells award, celebrate together.

Blue Mountain Academy Student Receives Leadership Award

Story by Tamyra Horst

Congratulations to La Sonnette’s Alexandra Murphy who received the Susan Berry Leadership award at this year’s RingFest, held in Toledo, Ohio. The award recognizes one bell choir student each year from across the North American Division who “demonstrates outstanding leadership in the art of handbells.” As a result of her win, Murphy’s name was engraved on a plaque and given to BMA. Next year BMA will bring the plaque back to RingFest, where another winner will be crowned.

“Ally is my assistant director this year. She has been in the La Sonnette Handbell Ensemble for four years, and has rung in Blue Mountain Elementary Bellaires for five years,” shares Eric Engen, director. “She is an accomplished pianist and has sung in the BMA Sylvan Singers Chorale for four years. She is very deserving of this award.”

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