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10A Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 eatner Iwer uu.eun Wyatt Hollister, back left, and the Van Pelt Family Fiddlers --Jamison, left, Jacek and Kiena Rose -- perform at the Feb. 1 benefit Freedom Concert at Quincy Elementary School. Photo byJohny McDonald Sylvia Wood accepts a check for $866 from music teacher Johny McDonald on Feb. 6. Wood organized and performed at a benefit concert for Asha Neketon, a nonprofit organization that works to teach prostitutes in India skills to earn a living without selling their bodies. Photo by Laura Beaton Freedom Concert called a great success Johny McDonald Special to Feather Publishing If you were not at Quincy Elementary School cafeteria on Saturday, Feb. 1, you missed an amazing concert hosted by Face the Music Studio. This concert was a classy event; not only was the music beautiful but the food, flowers and decoration transformed the cafeteria into a lovely concert setting. As audience members walked in the door they were able to fill up their plates with amazing mouthwatering hors d'oeuvres created by Sylvia Wood, who had brought a dozen tasty dishes for guests to sample. During intermission, more goodies such as cookies, brownies, cakes, tarts, egg salad sandwiches and other tasty delights were available. The music was definitely ear candy as well. The opening performers, the Van Pelt Family Fiddlers, Jamison, 6, Kiena Rose, 8, and Jacek, 12, played wonderful renditions of fiddle tunes. Johny McDonald played an original jig called "When Life Gives you Lemons, Make Lemonade" from her CD "Collide" and donated all sales proceeds from her CD at the concert to Asha Neketon. Sylvia Wood, just 13 years old, then took the center spotlight and played her heart out. She filled the room with beautiful phrases of original music, Mozart sonatas and other priceless classics. After intermission, Emily Walmer, 14, tickled the keys with "Dawn," from the "Pride and Prejudice" soundtrack and two wonderful original compositions. Wyatt Hollister, 16, then delighted the crowd with "Sicilienne" from Fritz Kreisler, a wonderful French musette and a foot-tapping Emily Walmer stands in front of the handmade banner by featured pianist and composer Sylvia Wood. Walmer played several original pieces on the piano during the concert that attracted about 100 audience members. Photo by Johny McDonald' bluegrass tune, "Jerusalem Ridge." Wood took the stage once again. An audience member said, "She really knows how to tickle those keys; we are going to call her tickle fingers!" This concert was amazing for several reasons. No. 1 is the fact that all the performers were young musicians from the Quincy area. Second, Wood played 29 pieces, all memorized, with about 22 of them being original compositions. Third, the ambience of the food and dcor. Last, the fact that 100 people showed up to support this event! The concert brought in $866, which will be donated to Asha Neketon, or Nest of Hope, which will help free women and children from human trafficking. Every $200 will free on individual. McDonald is hoping to make this an annual event and call it Concert for a Cause, donating the money to a different charity every year. "This concert was a great opportunity to give some of my best music students an opportunity to perform in a midwinter recital," said McDonald. McDonald thanks everyone that helped organize and set up the concert: the Wood family, Whitney MacIntyre, Krystina Oravetz and especially all the folks who helped clean up the auditorium after the show. QHS "olls out Bully App for various I nternet uses Laura Beaton, Staff Writer School personnel must constantly be on the alert for instances of bullying. Students, teachers, parents and community members just received one more tool to fight against bullying and aid in conflict management and intervention. A collaboration of Quincy High School's site council, the Resource Center's Bystander Intervention and the Bully Project has resulted in the launching of an app that concerned students and citizens may use to anonymously report suspected bullying or other violence. For those without an iPhone or Android, a simple Web form allows the reporter to alert trained Bystander Intervention Coordinator Trina Ritter, who, in turn, notifies the proper authorities or makes a referral to an appropriate provider. Ritter emphasizes that bullying is an intentional, repeated act where one person exerts power over another. Bullying can take many forms -- physical, verbal, covert and cyber are the four types recognized by state education authorities. A law such as Seth's Law, introduced by Assembly Bill 9, is an additional tool for school personnel and other mandated reporters to utilize. Seth's Law was enacted in 2012, and is named after a 13-year-old boy who took his own life in 2010 after years of anti-gay bullying. The law focuses on protecting students who are bullied based on their perceived or actual sexual orientation and gender identity or expression, as well as race, ethnicity, nationality,, gender, disability and religion. Immediate assistance for a person in crisis is available by calling the crisis line at 283-4333, 24 hours a day. As always, emergency calls should be made by dialing 911. A local contact for information and resources about bullying is Trina Ritter, who may be reached at Go to for more general information, ; j