Thursday, June 6 marked the final concert for the MTHS bands as the percussion ensemble opened the evening’s festivities. Always a concert filled with great memories and commentary, Director Darin Faul recapped the year’s highlights and accomplishments and encouraged a continued participation in music boosters for all alumni students, parents and family members at all ages and levels to join in.
Thankful for Principal Greg Schwab’s continued support of the music program at Mountlake Terrace High School, Faul commended other members of the music boosters for their participation including current president Sherrill Leppich, all board members and sectional representatives including Jon Scherrer for organizing community performances and Joan Lundquist for helping within the band classrooms.
Shaunne Walters, previous music booster president, gave a rousing speech to the community to stay involved with the high school students and families and to help continue the support system that reaches far into the elementary and middle school music programs. Over 51 letters of awards (equivalent to a varsity sports letter) were handed out to students. The recipient of the coveted John Phillip Sousa Award (All Around Musician Award) went to Sara Lundquist (also a soloist featured in “Concertino” during the concert) and the Louis Armstrong Award (for Jazz) went to Kyle Scherrer.
The graduating seniors within the music programs closed out the evening by telling the audience their plans for the future. It’s an impressive group of seniors that will continue their journey, attending institutions that include the University of Washington Seattle and Bothell campuses, Berkley School of Music, USC, Stanford, Western Oregon, Oregon State, Edmonds Community College, University of North Iowa, Central Washington University, Moody Bible School and the Army Reserves.
Mark your calendars for the annual MTHS Music Boosters fundraiser and concert on Aug. 24 at Edmonds Community College featuring a silent auction, appetizers and of course, the bands! Tickets will be $25. Contact 425-478-1989 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for tickets and current information.
Senior Award Night was held June 10 at the Mountlake Terrace High School Theatre, where the Manu Sood art scholarship was awarded to two students this year for the first time: Nghi Nhan and Kyra Dahlman. Manu Sood was an intense defender of all things art including Mountlake Terrace High School and all its students. Interviewed by the Mountlake Terrace Arts Advisory Commission in May, both recipients had a strong command of graphic and drawing abilities, committed involvement in high school activities including the Hawkeye student newspaper and also had helped to repaint the art mural walls within the high school.
Dahlman’s future plans include Shoreline Community College and possibly transferring to the University of Washington for a business degree, while Nhan will attend the University of Washington, Bothell, in interactive media design.
— Story and photos by Lori Knight
Arts Around Terrace columnist Lori Knight co-owns with her husband Eric the Knight Visions Studio Gallery.A Brier resident, Knight has been selling, promoting, marketing and framing art for 25 years. She opened her studio at 19533 Filbert Dr., in nearby Bothell. in 1987. Both of her children Briana and Chris are Mountlake Terrace High School graduates. (Photo by Patty Linna)