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1-15-20 — Student Gives Back to Orchestra Programs

Jan. 15, 2020 ~ Olathe Northwest High School senior Ashton Weaver wanted to give back to orchestra students in the Olathe School District. As a member of the Olathe Northwest advanced orchestra, Weaver was inspired to help a program which had given much to him personally.

At the end of the 2018-19 school year, Weaver visited with former orchestra teacher Kyle Detrick and discussed how he could help orchestra students as part of his Eagle Scout project. After meeting several times through the school year, Weaver decided that making cello racks would benefit young orchestra students.

Detrick currently teaches orchestra at five elementary schools and three middle schools in Olathe.

Cello racks hold four to six cellos and are particularly expensive pieces of equipment. Similar to other instrument racks, cello racks are designed to prevent damage to cellos when not in use.

Designing blue prints through a computer program, Weaver organized the process and built four cello racks for use in schools. At the beginning of the 2019-20 school year, Weaver met with Detrick to share his completed work.

“These are top-notch designs and rival cello racks the district owns which are manufactured by nationally-known companies,” Detrick said. “The cello racks are beautiful and will get a lot of use for years to come.”

Weaver’s cello racks are being used at Fairview Elementary, Madison Place Elementary and Weaver’s former school, Prairie Center Elementary.

“I believe all of this was made possible because of Mr. Detrick’s guidance, instruction and enthusiasm,” said Ashton’s dad, John Weaver. “It was a long process that at times seemed to have five balls in the air at once but Ashton managed the process from start to finish. We are pleased with the result and are delighted that these racks are currently in use and appreciated.”

Weaver will audition for the orchestra at Kansas State University later this year.