Young musicians earn scholarships

  • Photo courtesy Mokihana Club

    Student musicians earning college scholarships are, from left, Josiah Costales, Anna-Malia Santos, Mackenzie Barton, Mia Ricciardi, Sarit Jamhil Tacata, Angelika Catiggay and Allen Jeremy Bueno.

LIHUE — The 48th annual Mokihana Club Music Scholarships were recently announced by chairwoman Susan Hironaka.

Kauai High School’s Allan Jeremy Bueno on saxophone received $2,500 for first place, with Nina Saraos as accompanist. Bueno participated in the Hawaii State Solo and Ensemble Band Festival from middle school to high school. In addition to playing in his high school band and Honor Band, he also plays in the KCC Jazz Band and Wind Symphony. He plans to attend the University of Northern Colorado, majoring in music education.

Kapaa High School’s Mia Ricciardi on piano won $1,500 for second place. She has been studying the piano for 13 years and has participated in the National Piano Guild auditions each year. She received the prestigious Critics’ Circle rating for piano. She plans to attend California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo for kinesiology.

Christian Education Institute’s Mackenzie Barton on piano won third place. She participated in the National Piano Guild auditions and received the Critics’ Circle rating for piano. She also loves working with horses. She plans to attend Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, majoring in pre-law with a minor in business management while taking piano electives.

Kauai High School’s Josiah Costales on trumpet won fourth place with Saraos as accompanist. He won gold medals in the Hawaii State Solo and Ensemble Band Festival since 7th grade, participated in the Kauai Honor Band, and performed with the KCC Wind Symphony, KCC Jazz Ensemble and KCC Orchestra. He plans to attend KCC for one year, then either the University of Hawaii or UC San Diego to pursue a degree in music education.

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