Erik Larson Ocean City High School senior, Erik Larson, has been accepted into The Juilliard School. Larson started his long and rigorous process just like any of the other 200 undergraduate and graduate applicants; he sent in a prescreening video. Only half of those applicants were chosen to travel to New York City for a live audition where only three undergraduate trumpet players were accepted. Erik Larson was one of them.“To dedicate yourself to music you have to be willing to sacrifice more than you would expect. I have given up my weekends, all of my evenings, my summers, and all of my social life at school, but every moment has been worth it,” said Erik. “Through all of the sacrifice I have made life-long friends from all over the world and I know that all of this is leading towards my goal of making a living doing what I love.”Erik has been preparing for this moment since he was eleven-years-old. Soon after learning how to play, he started traveling for his talent. He joined the Rowan Youth Orchestra and later attended the Rutgers pre-college program. Currently he travels to Philadelphia three times a week to take private lessons, play principle trumpet in the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra and to play in the brass ensemble, Bravo Brass. During past two summers Erik attends the Boston University Tanglewood Institute’s Young Artist Orchestra. To be able to attend a third time this summer he had to turn down a position in the National Youth Orchestra.“Erik has worked tirelessly to hone his craft as a musician and he is proof that hard work pays off,” said Dr. Kathleen Taylor Superintedent of Ocean City School District. “As he starts his journey in Juilliard, I am confident that Erik will thrive as he expands his musical knowledge. Erik is an outstanding representative of the Ocean City School District. I’m so very proud of him.”The road to The Julliard School hasn’t been an easy one. Two years ago Erik encountered a lip injury that took his ability to play away, but after a lot of patience and perseverance he went back to the trumpet better than ever.“Looking back on Erik’s setbacks it seemed like a major mountain to climb, however, looking ahead the world is now just a giant open canvas waiting for him.” Said Ocean City High School Instrumental Music Director, Donna Schwartz. “I consider myself lucky to have had the opportunity to work with him and I can’t wait to see where his career will take him.”Erik will continue his trumpet career along with learning basic piano at The Juilliard School.
WASHINGTON – U.S. President Donald Trumpon Friday approved sending American troops to bolster Saudi Arabia’s air andmissile defenses after the largest-ever attack on the kingdom’s oil facilities,which Washington has squarely blamed on Iran. The Pentagon said the deployment wouldinvolve a moderate number of troops – not numbering thousands – and would beprimarily defensive in nature. It also detailed plans to expedite delivery ofmilitary equipment to both Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Reuters has previously reported that thePentagon was considering sending anti-missile batteries, drones and morefighter jets. The United States is also considering keeping an aircraft carrierin the region indefinitely. (Reuters)
Batesville, In. — Batesville Mayor Mike Bettice declared Monday, November 12 “Leon J. Pulskamp Day.” He was recognized by city officials for his selfless work to mow and maintain a park area off of State Road 46 on the east side of town.Pulskamp maintained the unofficial park for about 40 years and never received compensation from the city or was ever asked to do the work, he did it because he cared about his community. The city honored him on October 12, prior to his passing.Pulskamp was also a successful businessman and served two tours of duty in Vietnam from 1968 to 1971 and was awarded the Bronze Star.