Notable neighbors

June 25, 2013 

Colt Catlin, Meridian, Brittany D. Connell, Meridian, Bryce Dunham-Zemberi, Boise, Kilee J. Gray, Weiser, and Theresa E. Solis, Homedale, are winners of the Horatio Alger Boise State Scholarship, sponsored by the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans. These scholarships are made possible with generous support from Association Member Robert G. Miller. Horatio Alger scholarship recipients have been chosen based on their demonstrated commitment to education, dedication to community service, and strength of character in overcoming personal obstacles to achieve excellence.

Each scholar will receive $5,000 that will go toward their college tuition, fees, books and on-campus room and board. In addition to the scholarship, the students have access to the following opportunities:

The Horatio Alger Association's scholarship programs are funded by its members, friends of the organization and other foundations. Since 1990, the association has provided $1,252,000 in educational support to students from Idaho.

Founded in 1947, the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans celebrates those individuals in our society whose determination and hard work have enabled them to overcome life's obstacles to achieve success.

Jacob Hynes, Grace Lytle, Courtney Kelly and Michelle Hembree are winners of the 2013 BPYO Summer Scholarship Program sponsored by the Boise Philharmonic Youth Orchestraand the Boise Philharmonic Association.

Four $500 scholarships are awarded yearly to outstanding BPYO musicians to attend national summer music programs. Candidates must demonstrate leadership, professionalism and musicianship. This year's winners are:

Hynes, cello, is a junior at Capital High School. He'll attend "Mountains and Strings" at Harriman State Park.

Lytle, trumpet, a junior at Timberline High School, heads to Jazz studies at the prestigious Interlochen Institute in Michigan.

Kelly, violin, a sophomore at Mountain View High School, will attend "Mountains and Strings," Sun Valley Summer Symphony Summer Music Workshop and the Idaho Suzuki Summer Institute at the College of Idaho.

Hembree, French horn, is off to National Youth Orchestra and "Brass at Wallowa Lake" with faculty from the Oregon Symphony. She is also the first-prize winner in this year's state solo competition.

The Boise Philharmonic Youth Orchestra is an ensemble of Treasure Valley high school musicians who earn their positions through yearly auditions. Rehearsals with Conductor Yorgos Kouritas and section coaching from principal players of the Boise Philharmonic provide professional training to the students. The orchestra performs three masterworks concerts annually.

Sierra Tipton, a 2013 graduating senior at Capital High School, was awarded a $250 scholarship to the College of Idaho by D.L. Evans Bank.

Tipton has demonstrated academic excellence, community service, and had additional outstanding contributions to her school. During her high school years, she was a member of the National Honors Society, a tutor for the Writing Center and a Rotary scholar. She is the daughter of Rhonda Tipton.

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