ELKINS – The Davis & Elkins College Highland Dancers gained a new member with the addition of Gabriele Pealer to the troupe. The Elkins resident and five-year performer with the West Virginia Highland Dancers was recently awarded a $5,000 scholarship to attend D&E this fall.

Pealer dances at the premier/championship level and plans to get her teaching certification in Highland dance this fall. She has competed and won awards throughout the East Coast. Last year, she was third runner-up at the Southeast Regional Championship in Savannah, Georgia.

The daughter of Monica and Ray Pealer, she was a homeschool student. At D&E, Pealer plans to major in pre-med with an interest in psychiatry.

Established in 2018, the Davis & Elkins College Highland Dancers competition and performance group is made up of D&E students. Dancers can earn up to a $5,000-per-year scholarship based on audition performance.

For additional information on the Davis & Elkins College Highland Dancers Scholarship, call the Office of Admission at 304-637-1230.