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Urbanna Festival Queen contestant raises funds for MHS Music Department

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Mariah Alderman and Anna Carey

Urbanna Oyster Festival Queen contestant Mariah Alderman and her Little Miss Spat contestant Anna Carey held a community service project to benefit the Middlesex High School (MHS) Music Department. The event was held at the Chesapeake Inn in Urbanna with the help of local volunteers and donors.

Live music by local musicians, as well as food and drinks, created the mood for the evening and set the tone for the importance of the event. The event raised a total of $1,734 for music at MHS.

The following week an article was published in the Sentinel about the fundraiser and by the end of the next month a grand total of $2,100 had been donated. The funds were used toward the purchase of guitars for a new course offering at MHS. 

“This project was important to both Anna and me, given that Anna’s father is a musician and I would like to dedicate my life to music,” said Alderman.

Alderman said it was ironic when Middlesex High School mentioned the need for guitars and how the money they raised would go to their purchase because both Carey’s father and Alderman play guitar and find the instrument something very close to their lives as musicians. “I felt that it was important to not only give to the community, but specifically to those who may not have the same opportunities as Anna and me,” said Alderman.

Alderman is a senior at Christchurch School (CCS) and has had access to musical instruments, music and theater there since the start of her freshman year. She was cast as Lola in the “Damn Yankees” production her freshman year, Purity in “Anything Goes” production her sophomore year, and Catherine in the production of “Pippin” her junior year.

She has been a part of the Lessons and Carols Choir since her freshman year at Christchurch School and has been part of the choir class since it started her sophomore year.

She is an active member of her school’s spiritual life program, as well as the homecoming committee. She has a leadership role within the Christchurch School community as both a prefect and Student Community Council representative. Alderman was a student tour guide her freshman year, then became a student ambassador for both her sophomore and junior years.

She also is the recipient of the Trotter Scholarship for her senior year at Christchurch School. This award is for leadership within fellowship at CCS.

Alderman works at Ostra Raw Bar & Grill of Urbanna, at Cross Street Coffee in Urbanna, and the Christchurch School store. 

She is the daughter of Donna Alderman of Urbanna and has two siblings, Heath and Heather Alderman. She is the granddaughter of William Alderman Sr. and Carol Alderman, and Geraldine Morton and William Morton.

Upon graduation from Christchurch School she plans to attend college to pursue a degree in music business, education, or performance. 

Alderman’s Little Miss Spat is Anna Carey, the daughter of Mike and Kate Carey of Wake. Anna attends first grade at Ware Academy and enjoys playing with her sister Ingrid and riding horses on her farm. “Anna is very active, kind, and energetic,” said Alderman. 

posted 10.09.2013

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