Etcetera - 03/16/11

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McLoughlin High School Jazz Ensemble Wins First Place at 40th Annual Clackamas Community College Jazz Festival

The McLoughlin High School Jazz Ensemble swept the the 40th annual Clackamas Community College Jazz Festival in Oregon City on Friday and Saturday earning a first-place trophy in the AA division and four outstanding soloist awards, according to Mike Agidius, band director for the Milton-Freewater School District. This years jazz festival was attended by 46 high school and middle school jazz bands from all over Oregon and Washington.

Mac-Hi Jazz Ensemble members who received outstanding soloist certificates are Cody Gray, senior trumpeter; Lucas Simpson and Glen Cunnington, junior saxophonists; and Tomas Landa, freshman drummer.

The ensemble competed with four pieces, including Lionel Hampton's "Flying Home," Count Basie's "Flight of the Foo Bird," Gershwin's "Summertime" and a Cuban-Latin mambo, "Havana Holdout."

Central Middle School Jazz Band also competed with three pieces, "Blues Machine," "What A Wonderful World" and "Sing Sing Sing." Four students won outstanding soloist awards: Jacob Chaney and Braden Cunnington, saxophonists; Sam Miller, trombonist; Isaac Riley, drumme; and Diego Romero, bassist.

The high and middle school band members also did some touring on the trip.

Whitman College selected Walla Wallan Ariel Ruiz as a spring 2011 Abshire Award recipient. It will support his research in the field of sociology.

Whitman alumnus Alfred D. Abshire established the award in 1981 in memory of wife Sally Ann. The awards, presented each semester, provide students the opportunity to work in collaboration with professors on academic research.

Reflective of Whitman's focus on collaborative academic excellence, eight faculty-student teams were chosen to receive the research grants this semester, allowing the students, under the guidance of faculty, to conduct extensive research in their undergraduate years. The areas of research cover a variety of disciplines campus-wide, including geology, sociology and chemistry. Abshire scholars assist their professors for up to eight hours per week and may earn up to $800 for the semester.

With the 2008 Washington State Farm Worker Survey as a guide, Ruiz, class of 2011, and Gilbert Mireles, assistant professor of sociology, will analyze the implications of residential patterns on the life outcomes of farm workers in the state of Washington.

Through interviews and further surveys, their goal is to establish differences between farmworkers who live in labor camps and those who live in cities or towns.

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