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2023 Scholarship Recipient - Tyler Borneo

Tyler Borneo has been chosen by Warren County Community Singers as the recipient of the 2023 George K. Warne Scholarship. He resides in Phillipsburg, NJ and is a senior at Phillipsburg High School. He plans on majoring in Musical Theater at DeSales University. According to Tyler, music has played a foundational role in his entire life. His first musical theater role was a frog in Into the Woods, Jr. as a young child attending Phillipsburg Area Summer Youth Theater camp. Tyler has continued with voice, dance, and theater training throughout his youth and has appeared in numerous musical theater productions and, most recently, played Fester in Phillipsburg High School’s The Addams Family.

Tyler has participated in many music-related activities besides his musical theater performances. In high school, he was involved with the Stateliners Singers Choir, the Drama Club, AugMENted (a student-run men’s ensemble), guitar classes, and AP Music Theory class. In addition to performing at Phillipsburg Middle School and Phillipsburg High School, he has performed outside of school in Country Gate Players productions and Phillipsburg Area Summer Youth Theater productions.

Tyler was the recipient of two 2022 Freddy Awards which recognize and reward exceptional accomplishments in high school musical theater in Lehigh and Northampton Counties,  Pennsylvania and Warren County, NJ: Outstanding Performance by a Male Ensemble Member for the role of Benny Southstreet in Guys and Dolls and Outstanding Small Ensemble Performance for the same role. He was awarded the Tournament of Plays 2022 Best Performer for the role of Eddie Seabreeze in One Act Play Disaster.

Tyler is a well-rounded student who has set high standards for himself to achieve, not only theatrically, but academically and personally. He is a member of the National Honor Society. He has worked as a counselor for both the Lopatcong Middle School Drama Club and the Phillipsburg Area Summer Youth Theater. Also, Tyler manages to find time to work as a HomeGoods Merchandise Associate.

Tyler’s audition pieces showed off his professionalism, wonderful musicality, and good tone and dynamics. He sang “Everything to Win” from Anastasia: Music by Stephen Flaherty and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and “She Loves Me” from She Loves Me: Music by Jerry Bock and Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick.

DeSales University will be fortunate to have Tyler Borneo as an incoming freshman in 2023 and we wish him success and happiness in his pursuit of his career goals.

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