Trinity Jackson and Sophia Cook

Trinity Jackson, left, and Sophia Cook are the recipients of the 2022 Sam Pitcher Memorial Scholarship. Photo by Jami Karlson/Courtesy of Karen Pitcher

KETCHIKAN (KDN) — Two Schoenbar Middle School seventh-graders were selected to receive a 2022 Sam Pitcher Memorial Scholarship, which is now in its 19th year.

Sophia Cook and Trinity Jackson each received a $700 scholarship that will fund the students' attendance at the Sitka Fine Arts Camp this summer, according to a press release from the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council, which fiscally sponsors the Sam Pitcher Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Cook, who plays the flute and sings in the SMS choir, is the daughter of Tiffany Stone Cook and Tim Cook.

Jackson plays the saxophone, piano, percussion and is a vocalist. She is the daughter of Michelle and Andy Jackson.

Although Jackson and Cook are somewhat new to their instruments, Schoenbar music teacher Jamie Karlson said in the announcement that both are "natural leaders (seven as 7th graders) and are not afraid to get up in front of a group of their peers to lead (conduct the band, lead vocal warm ups, etc.)."

The scholarships were awarded on the "basis of merit, goals and musicianship," according to the information.  

The Sam Pitcher Music Scholarship Fund was started in 2004, after Ketchikan music student Sam Pitcher died at age 16 in 2003.

"Sam's passion was music," the press release read. "He participated in all the Kayhi bands, the McPherson jazz bands, and The Rubber Band. Sam attended both the Sitka Fine Arts Camp and the Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan."

The program provides scholarships to local students in seventh through 12th grade each year. The scholarship committee includes Sam's mother, Karen Pitcher, and eight individuals from a KAAHC advisory committee.

Since its start, more than $46,000 has been distributed through scholarships.