“I’ve grown up in music and Mr. Mays, Mr. Loafman and Miss Prince have definitely all influenced me on the choices I make with my career and my life,” Loyd said. “Definitely, Mr. Mays has inspired me to try to be as good as he is and be as good a person as he is.”
Arnold said Prince has taught him “pretty much everything” he knows.
“My time here has pretty much made me, made me ready for my college audition,” Arnold said.
Loafman said he wants to encourage the parents of younger students to look into music scholarships as a real possibility for their children.
“Most people just think about athletic scholarships and really music scholarships are just as plentiful and easy to get, if not easier to get, than athletic scholarships,” Loafman said. “So I kind of want to raise awareness of that.”
Mays said he hopes the examples set by Loyd and Arnold will inspire other students to excel.
“First of all, they’re talented and both of them have earned the scholarships to their respective schools,” Mays said. “And I think with the publicity, we would maybe encourage other students to just work a little bit harder and to practice.”