Anticipated graduation year: 2013
Major: Music Performance (Percussion)
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
Hometown: Spokane, Wash.
Whitworth activities/clubs: Hosanna
Research/special academic programs: Collegiate Music Educators National Conference (CMENC)
Favorite music artist/group: Hiromi Umehara or Niroki Tsukagowa
Favorite book: The Hardy Boys Mysteries (any of them)
Favorite movie: The Count of Monte Cristo
Favorite food: Soup
Favorite quote: e. e. cummings wrote a poem titled "Damn everything but the circus!" It's a very short poem worth reading and it does a good job reminding me to live boldly and with risk. So that's cool. But then Sister Corita Kent came along and used this poem title in one of her art pieces, giving it an entirely different meaning that I absolutely love. She broke the title up onto four slides. Though I can't read all of her handwriting, I believe that on the slide containing the words "but the" is a reference to 1 Corinthians, where the apostle Paul says, "the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing but to us who are being saved it is the power of God." I think it is just brilliant of her to reuse e.e. cummings' title in this sense, so that "damn everything but the circus" actually refers to the crucifixion of Christ. What appeared or appears to be foolishness to some, the supposed Messiah dying as a criminal, turns out to be unbelievably important when he rises from the dead. What appears at first to be as insignificant and meaningless as a circus act is actually the most important event in history.
You'd be surprised to know that…my two youngest brothers are Ethiopian.
If I could try anything and not fail: It would be a dream come true to play a marimba concerto or solo marimba piece in a place like Carnegie Hall or the Sydney Opera House.
If I could go on a road trip with anyone (from the past or present: I think it would be shocking (on many levels) for George Washington to see our nation now. I would road trip from Spokane all the way to D.C. with him so he could see various parts of our country while I got the opportunity to learn more about him and the formation of our nation from his perspective. As a bonus, when we arrived at the capital, he could clarify any part of the Constitution he desired as well as give advice to our nation's current leaders.
What I like best about Whitworth: Both the quality of the professors and of the other students. I love knowing that the professors here are interested in me and are willing to do whatever they can to help me develop and succeed. I have also learned a ton from new friends and the experiences I have had with other students. There are so many great people here.
What I would like to do after I graduate: I think I might like to continue with my schooling and get a master's degree (possibly in percussion performance…definitely something having to do with music).
The most important life lesson I've learned in my time at Whitworth: That I play a very important part in a cosmic battle/drama that has been unraveling since the beginning of creation and so, every day, there is work to be done by and through me to advance the kingdom of God.