Students from nine state high schools will be among the young musicians to perform in the Ten Grands Seattle concert at Benaroya Hall May 8.
All are medalists from the WIAA/WMEA State Solo & Ensemble Contest held April 24, and four of them hail from the Issaquah School District.
Skyline High School student Tommy Lin (string bass) is the only of the five that gets to participate as an on-stage performer.
Issaquah High School students Bryan Hanner (baritone), Elizabeth Moore (mezzo) and Skyline students Jennifer Jeon (violin) and Lin (string bass) will perform as ensembles in a pre-concert VIP reception. Read more
Andres Rincon, senior “I think that it can actually be pretty hard for guys, too, because there’s a pressure to not be able to express our feelings, to become closer with other people and to pursue our true interests. I also am bothered by how constricted women are in certain situations with what they’re able to achieve.”
Emma Abraham, junior “At my last high school, I had a really bad experience with gender stereotypes, but coming to Eastside Catholic has been better because we all see ourselves as equal. Unfortunately, gender stereotypes are common in high schools because the guys think they’re better than the girls and the girls think they’re better than the guys.”
Amey Sharma, senior “I’ve only had negative experiences with gender stereotypes. For example, I wanted to wear my flower crown when I was going to hang out with my friends, but my mother wouldn’t let me wear it because she thinks that only girls can wear them and I got into a massive argument with her about it and how gender stereotypes are dumb.”
Megan Freer, sophomore “As a child, I was enrolled in ballet and given dolls to play with simply because I am a girl, although that is what I naturally drifted toward as well. I have also been told multiple times that as a girl interested in the STEM fields, there will always be a job available to me, due to the scarcity of women in those fields.”
Logan Allan, sophomore “Gender stereotypes have influenced my life by limiting ways that I could express myself because it wouldn’t be ‘ladylike.’ I didn’t feel comfortable admitting that I liked ‘Star Wars’ in elementary school because it wasn’t a girly thing to like in the eye of society.”
Ian Page, senior “My experience with gender stereotypes at Liberty has thankfully been rather small. The only thing that comes to mind when I think about gender roles is the expectation to ask girls to homecoming and to prom — it’s challenging for people to work up that courage and there is no way to go against the grain with girls asking guys.”
Arjun Kumar, junior “I have found gender stereotypes toward men to be weak enough to overcome relatively easily. However, I have had to put in a lot more effort toward overcome the gender stereotypes that exist toward girls.”
Lasya Reddy, junior “My whole life, being Indian, I have been subjected to stereotypes regarding each and every aspect of my life. I was always expected to be the one to participate and be No. 1 at everything. My brother, though he was expected to work hard, was given more leniency when it came to the product of his work.”