Carol Switalski, daughter of Diane and Tom Switalski of Seminole, returned Monday from a 20-day tour with the Sound of America Honor Band and Chorus.
The 200-member band was made up of young musicians from throughout the United States. Switalski, an incoming senior, plays flute and piccolo with the wind ensemble and the marching band at Seminole High School. She qualified to audition for the Sound of America Honor Band when she was selected for Florida's 1996 All-State Band.
Switalski and other members of Sound of America met June 28 for four days of rehearsal at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa., before embarking on a tour of Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy and France.
They performed in concert halls in Paris; Interlaken, Switzerland; Venice, Italy; Innsbruck, Austria; Rothenburg, Germany; and at EuroDisney outside Paris. Switalski said she was most impressed with Strasbourg, France.
"It was really modern inside and we had our biggest crowd . . . 2,300 people in the audience."
The most memorable part of the trip?
"Hiking through the Alps in Switzerland," she said. "We took cable cars to the top of a mountain and then we hiked down it."
gets bachelor's degree
Alana Michelle Lewis, daughter of Alan and Hazel Lewis of Clearwater, has received a bachelor of arts degree from Bethune-Cookman College in Daytona Beach.
Lewis, who majored in mass communication with a concentration in telecommunications management and a minor in broadcast production, interned with TCI Media Services in Daytona Beach.
She is a 1991 graduate of Dunedin High School.
Belleair Garden Club
The Belleair Garden Club has selected Paul David Swan as the recipient of its $500 scholarship award.
Swan, a 1996 graduate of Seminole High School, has been taking courses in horticulture at the Seminole Vocational Education Center. He is interested in marine biology and plans to attend St. Petersburg Junior College before enrolling in a state university.
Dunedin student gets
training at the Olympics
Andrew M. Poliquin, son of Michael and Mary Ann Poliquin of Dunedin, joined about 250 other incoming freshmen at Johnson and Wales University for a week of training in food service management before reporting for work in the Media Village at Market Center in Atlanta.
The students are taking part in a summer work and training program with the university in conjunction with Marriott Corp. They will work about 60 hours per week serving about 4,000 meals at each sitting.
"They will hold a variety of positions including dining management, line cooks, banquet service, bartending and wait staff," said Sandra Hanson of Johnson and Wales. "In return, the students will receive compensation, room and board and a $1,000 Johnson and Wales scholarship."
Poliquin will be a culinary arts major at the university's North Miami campus this fall.
Navy Seaman Recruit Joshua P. Crabtree, son of Gary and Lynda Crabtree of Oldsmar, has completed training at the Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. Crabtree is a 1995 graduate of East Lake High School.
Navy Seaman John M. Chambers, son of John and Carolyn Chambers of Seminole, has completed training at the Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. Chambers is a 1994 graduate of Osceola High School.
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