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Jack will be attending High Point University in North Carolina in the fall, to study electrical engineering. Jack plays the saxophone and was a participant in the Winthrop Band since it’s inception in 2013. Jack became the President of the High School Band in 2018 and has been the President since. He has also participated in the Jazz band. Jack is a two-year member of the National Honor Society and has been in the top 10 percent of his class all four years of high school.
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 encouraged Paul Roy, a former 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.