The spotlight shines on two students, senior Amica Bonitz and sophomore Gavin Scallorn, from the music department who star on and off stage.
It’s a family gathering. Everyone is around the table talking about news and events when someone asks you, “What are you doing after high school?” At that point you may have no idea. Amica Bonitz, however, is another story.
Amica Bonitz is a senior with drive. This drive is the force that propels her towards her passion: music.
Bonitz has been involved in the music program at the Senior High since she was in eighth grade, where she became a member of the marching band as a pit percussionist.
From her sophomore year on, she has also been a member of the concert choir, symphonic band, and the orchestra here at the high school. This is also shown in her career plans, which she has known since her freshman year.
“I want to major in music education with my primary in vocal,” said Bonitz. “I want to end up teaching hopefully middle school or high school and direct a choir or something along those lines.”
Outside of Red Lion's programs, Amica has also been involved in a series of PMEA festivals, specifically District Chorus, which she has made for the past two years, the District Jazz Vocal Ensemble, which she made and tied for first place last year, and Regional chorus last year.
Besides those festivals, she has also been heavily engaged in a Fine Arts competition through the Assemblies of God. In these competitions, she has gone to Nationals, placing first with a hand bell group, second with a Christian band, a superior ranking for piano solo, and vocal competition. With the Fine Arts competition, she has had the opportunity to travel to California, Florida, Ohio, and Kentucky.
Throughout all of these activities, Amica’s sure philosophy is a statement on achievement and pride.
“I don’t see my winning moments as my proudest moments,” Amica stated, “but it is when I see an improvement when I feel accomplished.”
After this year, Amica is looking at going to either Evangel University in Missouri or Kutztown University for her passion-driven major. She is also very thankful for her teachers and friends for keeping the enjoyment in music for her and always making her happy.
Music has always been a tremendous part of the life of sophomore Gavin Scallorn, which is shown through his many musical achievements at Red Lion.
In his past two years, Scallorn has made the Concert Choir and Madrigal Choir consecutively. Beyond in-school activities, he has made District Chorus for this year. Preparing for this activity had been proven to be difficult.
“The entire audition process was interesting for lack of better terms,” he said. “I didn’t think I was going to make it because of the sheer amount of people.”
Now that he has made districts, he is preparing for his Region 5 Chorus audition. For that, he is trying to perfect his musical skills to go as far as he can imagine.
Though Gavin feels so strongly and passionately about music, he does not want to pursue it as a career. With this being said, Scallorn is hoping to keep music in his life as he goes into his career.
“After high school I’d like to be an engineer working with NASA,” Gavin explained. “My aspiration is to potentially be an astronaut someday.”
Another hidden passion of Gavin’s is poetry. For the past two or three years, Gavin has been writing poems to convey his emotions.
“I started writing poetry to release emotions,” he shared. “It’s always been a way for me to let out what I didn’t feel like saying and it will always be a part of me.
In years to come, he is considering publishing his poems to share his emotions with others.