Students win scholarships for music accomplishments

Staff Writer
Kent Weeklies

The Hudson High School Music Association announces its Class of 2020 scholarship winners. The one-time scholarships are awarded to senior students who best exemplify musical excellence, leadership, and contributions to the Hudson High School musical programs.

This year's winners of $1,500 scholarships are Colin Palmieri and Michael Yuhos.

Palmieri currently participates in the Wind Symphony (oboe), Marching Band (alto saxophone), Jazz I (alto saxophone) and Chamber Choir. He also plays piano and has lettered four years in band; two years in choir. As a junior, he worked with band instructor Bev O'Connor at Hudson Middle School to peer collaborate with the seventh-grade band and conduct a piece with them at their spring concert.

Yuhos's involvement includes Chamber Orchestra (bass), Wind Symphony (bass), Marching Band (baritone), Jazz I (bass) and Chamber Choir. He is a four-year letterman in two groups: band and orchestra. For his Eagle Scout project, Michael led a group that built customized racks for the high school marching band to store its uniforms.

Two $1,000 scholarships were awarded to Mason Mihalek and Kaylen Rolsen.

Mihalek plays viola in the Chamber Orchestra and was a member of the Show, Mens, Mixed, and Chamber Choirs during his high school years. During his junior year, he ran the String Coach Program at East Woods Elementary School, coordinating high school students who assisted fourth and fifth-grade musicians.

Rolsen is a member of the Wind Symphony (flute) and Marching Band (piccolo). Additionally, she was a two-year member of the Chamber Orchestra (flute). She lettered all four years in band and participated in the pit orchestra for three HHS musical productions.

The scholarship committee thanks all students who submitted applications and recognizes their many talents which have enriched the High School's musical programs.

Parents of students enrolled in the High School Music Programs (band, choir, orchestra) are considered HHSMA active members. General meetings of HHSMA are scheduled monthly beginning in August, with the final meeting in May. Parents are highly encouraged to attend these meetings, even if they are not serving on the board. For more information about the organization, visit