Students win vocal performance awards

Allison Stogsdill, a seventh-grade student at Brown County Junior High School, served as an Indiana House Page during the 2015 session of the state General Assembly. She is pictured here with state Representative Eric Koch.
Allison Stogsdill, a seventh-grade student at Brown County Junior High School, served as an Indiana House Page during the 2015 session of the state General Assembly. She is pictured here with state Representative Eric Koch.

Brown County high school and junior high school vocalists earned high marks at the Indiana State School Music Association’s District Solo and Ensemble Contest on Jan. 31 at North Decatur High School.

Ten junior high soloists participated and earned eight gold medals and two silver medals. They were Andrew Bare, Hannah Hummel, Joey Drew, Kyndra Wood, Kennedy Seitz, Heather Pritchard, Ali Griffith, Katie Trapp, Shelby Kelly and Kassidy Cecil.

Twenty-one high school students and two ensembles participated, earning 17 gold medals and four silver medals. Twelve of those soloists and the men’s barbershop quartet will continue on to state competition Feb. 21 at Perry Meridian High School in Indianapolis.

State soloists will be Tori Akles, Donald Landry, Noah Guinn, Brittany Browning, Gage Brunton, Logan Crum, Amethyst Baker, Jacob Hunter, Tyler Krug, Allison Drew, Emma Hoskins and Alex Miller. The men’s barbershop quartet includes Guinn, Crum, Krug and Miller.

Band students win performance awards

Junior high and high school students brought home medals from the Indiana State School Music Association’s District Solo and Ensemble Contest Feb. 7 at Columbus East High School.

All junior high soloists and the brass trio scored gold. Soloists were Andy Slutz, Lilee Deloach, Virginia Lecklider, Myka Snyder, Chase Watson, Matthew Tatum, Emma Beck, Bryana McNeely, Cordy Mockler, Haleigh Funkhouser, Emily Rankin, Mekenzie Dunnuck, Isabel Rygiel, Jake Rodgers and Loki Culver. The brass ensemble included Watson, Devon Smith and Eli deWeerdt.

Eight high school soloists earned gold, three earned silver and one got bronze; also, one ensemble earned gold and two ensembles got silver.

The high school saxophone trio — Abbie Shaffer, Cody Burker and Michael Hess — and soloists Hess and Shaffer will advance to state Feb. 28 at North Central High School.

Zachary Roush

DEFIANCE, Ohio — Nashville resident Zachary Roush was among seven Defiance College students who spent several days in December in rural Belize conducting research through the college’s McMaster School for Advancing Humanity.

A sophomore majoring in digital forensic science, Roush has been part of a Belize learning community for the past several months. One of the goals of the McMaster School is to identify challenges and address the problem or issue.

Roush’s project was to provide the librarian in the rural village of San Carlos with a computer troubleshooting manual so that computers previous McMaster Scholars delivered would be sustainable resources.

In addition, Roush taught first aid, CPR, water safety and snake bite management in two villages. He also gave an overview of precautions and dangers that can occur in and around water.

Roush said that, while his project took a lot of work, it was an incredible experience.

“Doing the research for my projects was almost as fun as putting them in action on the ground,” he said. “The experience was definitely eye-opening, and I have made some lifelong friends.”

Levi Young

BLOOMINGTONLevi Young, nephew of Sandie Jones and Cathy Wingard of Nashville, was placed on Indiana University’s College of Arts and Sciences executive dean’s list for the fall semester.

In his senior year at IU, his major is audiology. He also works weekends at Out of the Ordinary restaurant in Nashville as a server to help pay for school.

For the third semester in a row he has earned executive dean’s list recognition, Jones reported. The list is for students who earn at least a 3.7 grade-point average.

Hanover dean’s list

HANOVER — The following graduates of Brown County High School earned dean’s list honors for the fall semester at Hanover College: Emily Miller and Molly Miller, sophomore undeclared majors, daughters of Michael and Mari Miller of Nashville; and Sarah Love, a senior history major, daughter of Michael and Diana Love of Nashville.

To qualify for the dean’s list, students must have a grade-point average of 3.5 or better.