Ambler fifth-grader wins SCBTMA’s top scholarship

COLUMBIA — A fifth grader at Ambler Elementary School has been awarded the top youth scholarship from the S.C. Bluegrass and Traditional Music Association (SCBTMA) for 2020.

Lilly Svrlinga of Pumpkintown received a $300 award for her singing and picking skills on guitar and two styles of banjo. She performed at Bill’s Music Shop and Pickin’ Parlor in West Columbia after receiving her scholarship there in December.

Svrlinga plans to put her Bill Wells Memorial Youth Scholarship toward the purchase of a new banjo. She credits her instructors, Don and

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