North Kitsap School Briefs

NKHS freshman selected for prestigious European tour

Amy Van Cleave of Poulsbo has been selected to perform with a national performing organization known as The Sound of America Honor Band and Chorus. Van Cleave, a freshman at North Kitsap High School, plays percussion with the high school band, and recently participated in the Washington State Solo Ensemble competition. She is a member of National Honor Society, NKHS cross country and track teams, Girl Scouts, and a Junior Orthopedic Guild member for Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital.

She will join other select student musicians chosen from applicants representing nearly every state when The Sound of America Honor Band and Chorus begins its 2008 European Concert Tour in July. Selection into The Sound of America membership is a distinguished honor for all participants. All applicants are carefully screened and chosen only after a rigid character and musical evaluation.

All student performers will meet on the campus of Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania on July 4. After four days of intensive rehearsal and orientation, the group will depart from New York for Frankfurt, Germany. The group is scheduled to present ten performances in some of Europe’s finest concert halls and major cathedrals during its 25-day concert tour. The group will also participate in two American Flag ceremonies commemorating American involvement in Europe during WWI and WWII. Students will experience the cultures of six countries: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, France and Luxemburg.

One of Poulsbo’s own makes dean’s list at The Citadel

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Cadet Marcus Aurelius Ashby of Poulsbo was named to the dean’s list at The Citadel in Charleston, S.C., for the spring 2007-08 academic year. Ashby, a rising senior, is pursuing a bachelor’s in business administration. Dean’s list recognition is given to those cadets and active duty military students with grade point averages of 3.2 or higher.

Ashby, the son of Eulanda and Winston Ashby, also earned The Citadel’s coveted Best of the West award, an annual tradition since 1886 that recognizes the “best drilled” cadet. Two cadets from each battalion at the military school compete for the title every year.

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