2024 Students of Distinction

Riley Dykman harmonizes passion and persistence

Posted on May 9th, 2024 By: Peter Kern

Gig Harbor Now is posting profiles featuring the Students of Distinction being honored by the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation. These students will be celebrated during a banquet from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15, 2024, at Ocean5, 5268 Point Fosdick Dr.

Riley Dykman 

School: Peninsula High School 

Category: Music, Arts and Drama Achievement 

In the melodic corridors of Peninsula High School, Riley Dykman stands as a testament to the transformative power of music and the invaluable lessons it imparts. As she prepares to embark on her collegiate journey, Riley’s unwavering dedication to her craft and her indomitable spirit serve as beacons of inspiration for her peers and mentors alike. 

Riley Dykman

A symphony of resilience and joy 

For Riley Dykman, music isn’t just a hobby — it’s a way of life. With nine years of trumpet mastery under her belt, Riley embodies the ethos of perseverance and resilience, recognizing that failure is merely a steppingstone on the path to success. Each note played, each performance, is an opportunity not only to hone her craft but also to revel in the sheer joy of musical expression. 

Mastering the melodic tapestry

Beyond the trumpet, Riley’s musical repertoire knows no bounds. From strumming the strings of the guitar to plucking the delicate chords of the ukulele, her musical prowess transcends instrumentality. Whether she’s lending her talents to Concert Band, Symphonic Band, or Jazz Band, Riley’s presence resonates with a harmonious blend of passion and skill. Her involvement in a myriad of musical ensembles, including the creation of a Jazz Group for Winterfest, underscores her multifaceted talents and unwavering dedication to the art form. 

A symphony of achievements 

Riley’s musical journey is punctuated by a crescendo of achievements and accolades. From captivating solo performances to enchanting duets and quintets, her participation in events like the Solo & Ensemble competition exemplifies her commitment to musical excellence. As she sets her sights on Central Washington University, Riley’s aspirations to pursue dual degrees in music education and trumpet performance with a certificate in jazz herald a future brimming with promise and potential. 

Riley Dykman’s musical odyssey is a testament to the power of passion, perseverance and the pursuit of excellence. As she prepares to embark on the next chapter of her journey, Riley’s unwavering commitment to her craft and her boundless enthusiasm for music serve as an reminder of the impact of artistic expression.

Riley Dykman 

Category: Music, Arts and Drama Achievement 

Parents: Shannon and Todd Dykman 

Achievements/Activities: When asked what she feels her greatest achievements were, Riley notes, “I have always loved the arts and music. My passion for music has led me to many of my achievements.” Whether it be picking up the trumpet at age nine or starting the Jazzy Gals, Riley always has her hands in something music oriented. Her love of music has even led her to sacrifice her lunch hour, taking choir during lunch to be able to sing with a group she loves – even though she will receive no academic credit for the class. All that aside though, and Riley says, “my biggest accomplishment has been finding good people to surround myself with and uplift. I’ve done a lot for them, but I think they’ve done even more for me. My friends, family, teachers, and peers have inspired me, cared for me, and truly helped me develop into who I am today.”    

Favorite Teacher: “My favorite teacher is Mrs. Hilborn. Mrs. Hilborn has been my band director for my entire high school career and has helped me to discover my passion for music. I always loved music, but she took my love to a whole new level. She has helped me overcome many of my insecurities and always has my back. She’s honest, dedicated, caring, and one of the finest music educators that I know!”  

Best thing about high school: “The best thing about Peninsula High School is the variety of opportunities and activities offered to the student body. As somebody who has many hobbies and interests, I’ve enjoyed participating in many sports, arts, and clubs while at Peninsula High School.”