Dean Lawson of Lewis Center was among 32 teenagers selected to attend the 2010 Muzak Heart & Soul Foundation Noise! Camp at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn.

Dean Lawson of Lewis Center was among 32 teenagers selected to attend the 2010 Muzak Heart & Soul Foundation Noise! Camp at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn.

Students invited to attend Noise! receive all-expenses scholarships through the Muzak Heart & Soul Foundation. They pay only their transportation costs to and from Nashville.

Lawson, who will be a senior at St. Francis DeSales High School, said he applied for the camp after a music teacher encouraged him to do so. He didn't expect to be accepted, he said.

Music production is among his interests, particularly in relation to movies and commercials, Lawson said. He's also played drums for six years and hopes to continue in college, which likely will be Capital University. He's thinking of studying music technology and performance.

The camp for teens 15-17 years old who aspire to be music professionals ran from July 18-22. Noise! includes hands-on experiences, lectures by top music industry people and field trips to Sony Music Nashville, Ocean Way Studios, CMT, Clear Channel Radio Studios, Capitol Records and the Country Music Hall of Fame.

"I think I'm going to learn a lot about any questions I have," Lawson told ThisWeek.

Ben B. Rutkowski of Lewis Center is among the 1,900 additional winners of National Merit scholarships financed by colleges and universities.

Each sponsor college selected its winners from among National Merit finalists who will attend the institution. The awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually.

Rutkowski is a graduate of Bishop Watterson High School. He will attend Denison University.