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Music News By Heather Mullins (Executive Officer of Budget and Finance)

February 20th marked what would have been Kurt Cobain's 47th birthday, and the City of Aberdeen declared his birthday "Kurt Cobain Day". The Aberdeen Museum of History celebrated Kurt Cobain day by unveiling a sculpture of Kurt made by local artist Randi Hubbard. There was also a 30-minute set performed by the local band Gebular, who performed Nirvana cover songs, as well as their own material. Gebular gave away a guitar, and the lucky winner was one of our very own GHC students, Arthur Andrews. An appearance was made by the first Nirvana drummer Aaron Buckhard, and his current band Under Sin. The turnout for the event was great with people standing shoulder to shoulder, and people who came all the way from Peru, Italy, and many other countries. The event drew attention to Aberdeen from many news channels, and major news outlets including the New York Times and Rolling Stone Magazine. In the future the City of Aberdeen plans to turn Kurt Cobain "Day" into a week long event.

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The Dream Act By Denisse Morelia (Vice President of Student Government)

Democratic Governor Jay Inslee signs "The Real Hope Act" also known as "The Washington Dream Act." This legislation expands state college financial aid to students who don't have legal status in the United States. The measure provides grants to students whose families meet income and residency guidelines. "This bill ensures that the young men and women we've invested in at our high schools and who aspire to become productive American citizens will now have fair access to the financial support they need," Inslee said in a statement following the bill's passage last week. Washington becomes the fifth state to sign similar legislation, joining California, Texas and New Mexico with similar legislation. ​

Student Spotlight By Skyla Fisher (President of Student Government)

Nick Burgess is a student at Grays Harbor College who deserves the spotlight! I had the privilege to interview and get to know Nick, and how he uses his uses his musical talents to make the community a brighter place.

When did you first start getting into music?

I started music when I was 13. Although I was drawn to music for a while, my initial reason for starting electric guitar was to impress a girl. That didn’t work out but have been soul deep into music ever since.

Who was your inspiration?

I started listening to a lot of punk/pop sorts of bands (Green Day, Blink 182, Foo Fighters and Paramore) I ended up listening to many artists of different genres. Music was something that I lived for, but I eventually discovered that music alone was empty without a purpose. It’s like this: if you’re making noise, you’d better have a good reason. If you’re yelling about something, it’d better be for a cause or all that becomes is just wasted breath. Life is in every breath and I don’t want to waste it.

What is your band’s name, and what do you guys do around the community?

My band is called The Paralytics. I recently became a part of Young Life, We play shows with all bands for people of all different walks of life, and more than anything we just want to give people the hope that we have found. We’ve had the honor of getting to play in Aberdeen with a lot of bands, such as For the Likes of You, About The Author, Thistopia, and Redeem The Exile. We also got to play for an event called Energy Jam in Hoquiam.

Anything else you would like to let our readers know?

I’d like to encourage anyone reading this, don’t give up just because you are in an environment of poverty.Make the best of your situation and don’t give up on your dreams just because they seem too distant. If anything, we’re raised to dream small so that our dreams are sustainable and I think that’s such a waste of life. Dream bigger; if Jesus is in it, it’s possible. As my pastor Doug Marks says, “don’t carry a poverty spirit; don’t let the fact that we live in a poor area cause you to buy or invest in the next obtainable thing just because it’s cheap, easy or obtainable.” I was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome, a form of autism at age 13 but that will not stop me from giving my all and rising up after my failures. I will not allow that to define me, I’ll step into the calling that I was made for; and you can do the same. Dream bigger.

You can hear and read more about Nick Burgess and the Paralytics at their facebook page.


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