Special to the Carson Valley Times · 3 min read
MINDEN, Nev. — The Douglas High School Music Department has earned many accolades this year, but many of this year’s graduating class have gone above and beyond.
Christi Blahnik, second year music director at Douglas High School, shared the achievements of many of her seniors indicating how proud she is of their commitment and achievements in music and it’s affect on their upcoming college aspirations.
Cameron Tolbert, percussion section leader of the marching band and member of the 2017 honor and all-state choirs, will be attending Concordia University, Irvine (CUI) in the fall having received scholarships from CUI for both percussion and vocals. He will be studying Music Composition with a minor in Music Education.
Aria Williams received the prestigious Semper Fidelis Award for Musical Excellence from the Unites States Marines Youth Foundation. During her High School career, she participated in three honor bands and the 2017 All-State band, not to mention took part in the honor band at the University of Arizona. Next year, Aria will be attending Southern Utah University with a full tuition music scholarship to major in tuba performance.
Jayme Dittberner has committed to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas to major in Music Education. She was awarded the John Phillip Sousa Award which recognizes band students for superior musicianship, dependability, loyalty, and cooperation. Jayme served as the principle clarinet in the DHS Wind Ensemble and as section leader of the marching band. She also participated in three honor bands and the 2017 All-State band (placing 8th).
Victoria Wrubel has played the clarinet for five years as part of the Douglas County School District Music Program. She was selected for honor band two times and received awards for command performance and clarinet choir. She will be attending the University of Nevada, Reno to major in biology and was awarded three scholarships: the University Women of Carson Valley’s Barbara List Memorial Scholarship, Roy E. Smith Trust, and the Jack’s Valley Elementary Alumni Scholarship.
Olivia Swearingen will have the honor of working with and learning from real Broadway professionals at the Institute of American Musical Theatre (IAMT) in New York City. IAMT is a professional training program that educates, trains, nurtures, and develops a select group of students who possess the desire and drive to sustain a career in the field of musical theatre. Not only was Olivia accepted to this prestigious school, but was awarded a $32,000 scholarship by the CEO. As further evidence of her qualifications, Olivia qualified for the All-State choir six straight years and participated in over 35 productions.
Amy Kohler has worn many hats during her time in the DHS music department, she has been a section leady, assistant drum major, and drum major receiving the “Best Parade Drum Major” award at the 2016 Holiday Bowl Parade in San Diego, CA. She has participated in the honor band for three years, honor choir for two years as well as participating on the All-State Choir for two years. Next year she will be attending the University of Nevada, Reno having received the Sarah Rovsek Award, the Patrick S. Gilmore Band Award, Jack’s Valley Elementary Alumni Scholarship and the Douglas County Administrators Association Scholarship.
The Douglas High School Music Depart graduates several other seniors who also garnered music and academic awards and scholarships to help them in their pursuit of degrees in elementary school education, applied mathematics, chemistry & chemical engineering, technical theater, quantum mechanics, English, history, and nursing to mention a few. Congratulations to all the graduates of the Douglas High School Music Department’s Class of 2017.