Smells like teen spirit

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High-profile sportwear company Vans and local singer-songwriter Miette Hope aren’t exactly the most obvious pairing.

In the world of music, Vans is of course best known for its annual Warped Tour, which has been hauling punk-pop, alt-metal and other high-decibel acts from city to city for two decades.

But earlier this year, the apparel giant dialed back the decibels with the announcement of its “Vans Berklee Off the Wall Presidential Scholarship," whose inaugural recipient is the Colorado Springs indie songstress. The educational initiative will pay for her tuition, room and board at the Berklee College of Music for the next four years.

According to the prestigious music school’s original press announcement back in February, “Off the wall is a state of mind, thinking differently and embracing people who love art, music, action sports, and/or street culture. The ideal candidate for the Vans Berklee Scholarship will demonstrate the off-the-wall spirit via their personal self-expression through music.”

In addition to her solo performances around town, the recent Palmer High School graduate is also a member of Edith Makes a Paper Chain, the indie-folk group co-founded by her mother Sarah Hope five year ago. You can congratulate both of them at Front Range Barbeque, where the “haunted circus music” act will be performing this evening.



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