Eight Salem-Keizer high school students recently were honored at the annual Harold J. Withnell Music Scholarship awards luncheon.
The event is hosted by the Withnell family. Dick Withnell is the retired owner of Withnell Motor Company, and wife Gayle is a retired English teacher.
The scholarship is named in honor of his late father, who was a high school band teacher, and inspired by the movie “Mr. Holland’s Opus.” Applicants each year are asked to write an essay after viewing the movie.
Since 1996, the Withnells have awarded $1,000 college scholarships to 120 students. Eleven past scholarship winners have returned to Salem-Keizer School District to teach music.
The 2017 scholarship recipients are:
Miguel Araiza, trumpet, McNary High School
Nolan Catton, voice, South Salem High School
Emilie Cochran, voice, South Salem High School
Nathan Compton, alto saxophone, North Salem High School
Gregory Eggleston, violin, McNary High School
Zachary Glaser, trombone, West Salem High School
Hayley Guptill, flute, McNary High School
Samuel Rhoton, bassoon, West Salem High School
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