Joshua SommersSchool: Hammond High SchoolHometown: ColumbiaAge: 18Josh,...


Joshua Sommers

School: Hammond High School

Hometown: Columbia

Age: 18

Josh, a graduate of Hammond High School, has a 3.84 grade-point average. He graduated ninth in his class of 220 June 2.

He was a member of the National Honor Society for three years and received honorable mentions in the scholastic and artistic categories in the Maryland Distinguished Scholar Program. He is listed in Who's Who Among American High School Students.

Josh was a Howard County Math League member and maintained a 4.0 grade-point average in all math and science courses. In 1992, he participated in the Maryland Science Center Program, where for eight weekends he explored different fields of science.

Josh was editor of the Arts page for the school newspaper, the Bear Press. As a senior, he was co-captain of the cross country team, of which he had been a member since 10th grade.

Josh plays alto saxophone and has taken lessons since 1987. He was vice president of the high school bands as a senior. He participated in the Hammond Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combo, Marching Band, Wind Ensemble and school talent show.

During the high school talent show, Josh performed with his band, Lucian Anavrin, playing funk rock. He is in another band, Minas Tirith, playing classic rock.

He was a saxophonist in the Junior-Senior Wind Ensemble at Towson State University, playing in second and third chairs. He received superior ratings in the Maryland State Solo and Ensemble Festival and the Howard County Solo and Ensemble Festival. He also participated in three award-winning bands at the Fiesta-val International Music Festival in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

As a member of the Hammond Jazz Combo, Josh performed for many charitable organizations and local businesses.

His work experience includes summer internships with the Maryland health department Laboratories Administration and as an analytical aide with the Department of Defense.

Plans: Josh has been accepted into the Integrated Science Program at Northwestern University in Chicago, which accepts 30 people who will gain a broad education in several fields of science for three years. The fourth year, students chose the field they want to pursue.

Josh is leaning toward biochemistry and would like to obtain a doctorate and work in medical laboratory research.

His comments: Josh said he has fond memories of playing in the Jazz Combo. "I started jazz in my freshman year. I would get up at 5:40 a.m. and get to school by 6:30 a.m. to play in the combo," he said.

"We would lead the group ourselves, arrange the music and set up our own gigs, like at retirement homes or the Lake Elkhorn Festival. It was a great experience for me and has given me a lot of responsibility."

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