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2021 Sam Pitcher Memorial Scholarship Recipients


January 31, 2021
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(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska - The Sam Pitcher Memorial Scholarship Fund earlier this month announced the two Ketchikan students selected to receive 2021 Sam Pitcher Music Scholarships. The students are 7th grader Elaina Etten and 8th grader Myleigh Sambrano. They each will receive $700 to attend Sitka Fine Arts Camp.

Elaina Etten is a vocalist who also plays the ukulele. In addition to singing in the school choir, she has performed at The Monthly Grind and with First City Players in Jazz Cabaret. Elaina has always loved to sing and is also interested in writing music. She looks forward to getting additional professional advice, and more practice at SFAC. Elaina hopes to sing professionally some day. She is the daughter of Jennifer and Rusty Etten.

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Left i Myleigh Sambrano on the right is Elaina Etten.
Photo by Jamie Karlson

Myleigh Sambrano has played the clarinet for 4 years and recently started playing the tenor saxophone with the school bands. She is also teaching herself to play guitar. Myleigh hopes to broaden her knowledge of music at SFAC in order to become the best musician she can be, and also to share her love of music with others. She is the daughter of Aubree and David Kline, and Jose Sambrano.

A KAAHC advisory committee consisting of ten people, including Sam’s mother, selects scholarship recipients. The entire scholarship application process took place online this year, including the auditions, due to the pandemic. Listening to Ketchikan’s talented youth perform and audition is always a pleasure. We are honored to provide support to talented young musicians in Ketchikan!

The Sam Pitcher Music Scholarship Fund was established after Sam’s death at age 16 in 2003. Sam’s passion was music. He participated in all the Kayhi bands, the McPherson jazz bands, and The Rubber Band. Sam also attended both The Sitka Fine Arts Camp and Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan. The scholarships are for Ketchikan students in grades 7 – 12 to attend summer music programs like the ones Sam enjoyed. To date over 80 scholarships have been awarded.

The Sam Pitcher Memorial Scholarship Fund is a fiscally sponsored project of the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council, 330 Main Street, Ketchikan AK 99901.

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Previous Winners 2004-2019 (Scroll the page to locate a list of previous winners)


Edited By Mary Kauffman, SitNews

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