Dr. Gene DiStasio Scholarship Awarded



Elliot Whittier is pleased to announce the 2011 recipient of the Dr. Gene DiStasio award to Miss Ariane Seymour.   Miss Seymour is the Salutatorian of the Winthrop High School Class of 2011, and intends to study at Ithaca College.


Elliot Whittier has adopted this scholarship fund to assure that a grant of $500 may be awarded annually to a graduating Senior from Winthrop High School in perpetuity. The scholarship was established in 1998, from proceeds of the Oceanside Big Band & Jazz Fest, in loving memory of jazz trombonist and Winthrop Orthodontist, Dr. Gene DiStasio.

Dr. Gene Distatio in whose memory this award is given

Dr. Gene DiStasio

Dr. Gene encouraged Paul Roy, a principal at Elliot Whittier to produce the first free outdoor concert at Hannaford Park in Winthrop in 1994. Gene played trombone for the Kenny Hadley Big Band that year. He died in 1995.

The recipient is selected by the scholarship committee at the High School with the advice of the Band Parents.

Past recipients include:

              • Michael Caaman 2001
                Kristin Quinn 2002
                Steven Goldberg 2003
                Kerri MacDougal 2004
                Kristina Lessard 2005
                Sadekshya Nepal 2006
                Curtis Manning 2007
                Stephanie Moskal 2008
                Shannon Marie Hagan 2009
                Will Milano 2010
                Ariane Seymour 2011

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