Former resident makes music with ukeleles

Brittany Cornelius

LOCK HAVEN — Lancaster Primary School recently awarded music teacher Brittany Cornelius a mini-grant to purchase ukuleles for her students.

The former Brittany Spicer, Cornelius is a 2009 graduate of Central Mountain High School. She is the daughter of Rochelle Spicer and Mark Mellott. She is the granddaughter of Stella Rachel and Harold Spicer and niece of LeRoy Spicer, all of Howard.

“I asked friends, families and acquaintances what they remember most from music. I’m sure you may have the same answer – recorders. I wanted to do something different, something they would remember. The ukulele program allowed me to showcase teamwork, collaboration, hard work, not giving up and creativity,” Brittany said.

“I craved for the students to have something to be proud of and I believe I found that when I started the program. I have seen highs and lows, successes and moments to learn. The students worked very hard this year, moving up belts, similar to that of karate.

“The students have written melodies and songs, and read music while performing on their ukuleles. I was bursting with pride when I see how far they have come and the songs they create. They are incredibly talented and have great potential. ‘Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve.’ I am thankful that my vision of a ukulele program came to pass. Thank you,” said Cornelius.