This week I want to congratulate Ryan Garrison who won the College Station Chapter of the Daughters of the American Republic essay contest. Ryan goes above and beyond what is required of him, and it is a true pleasure to see him excel both athletically and academically. Ryan will be recognized in College Station in May with a certificate and a check, and has qualified to compete at the state level contest. His essay was “Forgotten Patriots Who Supported the American Struggle for Independence.”
Ryan wrote about the women who were some of the “forgotten patriots”. I am very proud of Ryan and of Ms. Connie Moss, his American History teacher, whose love of history is contagious. Ms. Moss puts in long hours requiring writing in her history classes, and encouraging participation in outside competitions.
Our band students are reaching for new heights this year. Just last week, sophomores Jason Handrick and Clayton Suehs were selected to the Association of Texas Small School Bands Region 18/26 Band. Jason was selected as 2nd Chair Euphonium in the Symphonic Band and Clayton was selected as 1st Chair Euphonium in the Concert Band. Jason also was selected to the Area Band and auditioned for a position in the Texas All-State Band. Selection to the Texas All-State Band is one of the highest honors obtained by band students across Texas. By placing 3rd at auditions, Jason was selected 1st Alternate to the Band.
Ms. Mosby, our band director, told me that Jason and Clayton have worked extremely hard this year perfecting their performance skills and leadership within the band. Both students also serve as mentors to the 6th Grade Beginning Band and give up most of their lunch time each day to work with and guide our younger band students. I am very proud of both of them and can’t wait to see their talent grow these next two years.
I am also grateful for Ms. Nora Mosby who is pushing our band students to reach their potential and building our band program one student at a time.