Eagle Nathanael Batson, 18 has been selected as the 2019 Section 1 recipient of the Heart of the Arts Award, making him eligible to be the national winner, who will be recognized June 29 at the NFHS summer meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana.
“I’m honored,” he said Thursday in the music room at the high school in Fairfield. “It just kind of shows, with respect to what I’ve been through, my tribulations and adversities. I’m so overcome, and I so love music.
“It shows I love music and have a heart for music. That’s the exact purpose of the award — somebody has heart for music, heart for art.”
Nathanael, 18, is legally blind despite three rounds of chemotherapy that began at age 5.
Like his sister Corina, 30, and his mother Yvonne, 59, Nathanael has a rare hereditary disorder, neurofibromatosis, which causes tumors throughout the body.
In music, Nathanael has qualified and played with the Kennebec Valley Music Educators’ Association Band every year of high school and the All-State Band as a sophomore. Batson memorizes all of his music and is well-known for his stirring performances of the Star-Spangled Banner at school, civic and community events.
Outside of music, Batson achieved the rank of Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America during his early teens by organizing a Pops Band that performed a free concert at the Maine Veterans’ Home in Augusta. He also participated in the 2017 National Scout Jamboree Band in West Virginia, which performed for more than 40,000 people from around the world.
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Scout salute and a Shazam! to Nathanael Batson,
There are a few of us here who were scouts in the 60s or even 50s. I joined up in '69 but the big uniform change was in '72 or '73. Something about Oscar de la somethingorother.
I don't think I have a Guide to Insignia anymore, but I do have the handbooks. Yes, Knots were worn by adults they were a different colored background than todays versions. The eagle as I recall was a toss up. A lot of adults still wore their Eagle badge, I saw a few from the 40's that were square rather than oval, it was not correct by the strict rules but I never heard of any of the Patch Police having the nerve to call them on it. A lot of our Scoutmasters had spent a few years as grunts, shooting at Nazis in France and Germany, or fighting their way across the Pacific. They didn't put up with much parade ground fluff.