Six Ketchikan students have been awarded Sam Pitcher Music Scholarships for 2016.
The scholarship winners are ninth-graders Katelin Kalbaugh, Andrea Short and Connor Wodehouse, and seventh-graders Charlie Blair, Henry Clark, and Tristan Dahl.
- This is the second year that Katelin Kalbaugh won a scholarship. She sings and plays the trumpet, and recently started piano lessons.
- Andrea Short sings and plays clarinet. She is interested in possibly starting another instrument, such as the oboe or bassoon.
- Charlie Blair plays trumpet, and is interested in learning guitar and saxophone.
- Henry Clark plays clarinet, and recently started learning the alto saxophone. He wants to improve his overall skills, including vocals.
- Tristan Dahl plays trumpet, and is thinking about learning another instrument.
- Connor Wodehouse plays trombone and sings. He was chosen for the Southeast Honor Choir this year.
They all plan to use their $500 awards to attend the Sitka Fine Arts Camp this summer.
Scholarship recipients are selected each year by a Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council advisory committee consisting of nine people, including Sam’s mother, Karen Pitcher.
The Sam Pitcher Music Scholarship Fund started following Sam’s death in 2003 at age 16. Sam’s passion was music. He participated in various local bands and attended The Sitka Fine Arts Camp and Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan. Scholarships are for Ketchikan students in grades 7-12 to attend summer music programs like the ones Sam enjoyed.