Posted by Jeffrey Brennan on Dec 12, 2018

Student of the Month

At this Wednesday's meeting, we recognized two incredible students.  

Aemish Brock

The theme for our Student of the Month for December is "Musical Excellence."  Our Student of the Month from Henry M. Jackson High School is Aemish Brock.  Aemish is shown with Jackson High principal and Rotary member, Dave Peters.  Aemish Brock is a senior at Jackson High School who has participated in the band and jazz programs all four years.  He was noticed by a Jackson High  jazz instructor during his freshman year, and after reinforcing his belief in him over time, Amish excelled to earn a lead trombone position in the school's highest-level jazz program.  He was a featured soloist at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival last year and he participated in key jazz groups.  This year he intends to audition for Essentially Ellington, a national jazz festival in New York.  Aemish Is known for his servant leadership, his humble attitude, and his relentless drive to continually improve his musical excellence.
Aemish aspires to attend the New School College of Performing Arts School of Jazz in Manhattan and become a professional jazz musician.  We look forward to hearing him perform in the future.  Congratulations Aemish!

Gannon Lewallen

From  Archbishop Murphy High School, Gannon Lewallen, is our December Student of the Month for "Musical Excellence."  Gannon is shown with Archbishop Murphy's principal and Rotary member, Alex Crane.  Gannon is equally at home with music and giving back to his community through service.  He is a leading performer with the Band, the Choir, the Fall Play, Spring Musical, voice lessons, music contests, and other performance opportunities. In four years of band, choir, dramatic and musical productions, he has performed over a hundred times for Archbishop Murphy  and in community events.  Always wearing a genuine smile and bearing a positive attitude, Gannon is beloved by his classmates, a humble leader when called for, a hard-working loyal teammate and friend to all. Gannon has been a member of the ultimate Frisbee, sign language and nerd club, and during his time at Archbishop Murphy, he has volunteered for over 90 hours at local organizations such as Special Olympics and highway clean-up.  Gannon has applied to several universities and plans to go into the music therapy field!
Footnote: After speaking, Gannon was asked to sing and belted out some beautiful verses for us!   Thanks and congratulations Gannon for being our Archbishop Murphy December Student of the Month!