Kiwanis celebrates young musicians - Mount Vernon News


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The Kiwanis Club of Mount Vernon presented five area high school students with the John Phillip Sousa award for their dedication to music. From left, Kathy White, Kiwanis president-elect; Al Allender; Kiwanis treasurer; Clint Jones, Centerburg High School; Olivia Clayton, East Knox High School; Addison Wills, Danville High School; Kyle Sapp, Fredericktown High School; and Ethan Buehrer, Mount Vernon High School. Request this photo


MOUNT VERNON — The best young musicians in Knox County were recognized Monday at the eighth annual John Philip Sousa awards luncheon hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Mount Vernon.

Students from Centerburg, Danville, East Knox, Fredericktown and Mount Vernon high schools were highlighted by their band directors and celebrated with this prestigious award.

“As band directors we always strive for our students to have superior musicianship skills, leadership and to have the ability to be loyal,” East Knox band director Elijah Henkle said. “And I could think of no other student than Olivia Clayton to have all of these.” Rare sophomore winner Clayton is the only student of Henkle’s to take private instrument lessons. Henkle applauded Clayton’s exceptional cooperation skills, describing her as “calm and collected” at all times. Clayton attended the luncheon with her parents, Nick and Stacy.

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