AWTY STUDENT SELECTED AS TEXAS ALL-STATE MUSICIAN
Congratulations to sophomore Katrina Sawyer! She is a member of Awty's Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band and she performed with the Texas All-State Band in San Antonio on Saturday, February 17, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center as part of the 2018 Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Clinic/Convention.
Katrina was chosen for this prestigious honor through a competitive process held this year across the state at the District, Region, and Area levels. She is a student of Aaron Montes’ and plays at Awty under the direction of Jason Peguero, who is a member of the TMEA, a 19,000+ member organization headquartered in Austin.
High school students selected to perform in the All-State concerts have competed through auditions to qualify at the state level. All-State is the highest honor a Texas music student can receive. Only the top 2.5% of musicians who initially audition become All-State musicians. Over 1,700 students are selected through a process that begins with over 70,000 students from around the state vying for this honor to perform in one of 15 ensembles (bands, orchestras, and choirs). TMEA sponsors the Texas All-State competition. This competitive process begins throughout the state in auditions hosted by 33 TMEA Regions. Individual musicians perform selected music for a panel of judges who rank each instrument or voice part. From this ranking, a select group of musicians advances from their Region to compete against musicians from other areas in eight TMEA Area competitions. The highest-ranking musicians judged at the TMEA Area competitions qualify to perform in a TMEA All-State music group.
These All-State students participated in three days of rehearsals directed by nationally-recognized conductors during the TMEA Clinic/Convention. Their performances for thousands of attendees brought this extraordinary event to a close. For the All-State concert schedule and conductor information, go to the performances section of www.tmea.org/convention.
Awty STUDENT WINS BEST IN SHOW AT HOUSTON LIVESTOCK SHOW & rODEO ART COMPETITION
Congratulations to Ynes Kang, 11th grade, for winning Best in Show at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo (HLSR) art competition! Her artwork will be on display in the Hayloft Gallery at HLSR through March 18.
Artwork from eight other Awty students placed at the competition including:
Danielle Xu, 10th grade
Sophia Hashmi, 10th grade
Samantha Francis, 9th grade
George Kapitan, 11th grade
Lara Roy, 9th grade
Ashling Devins, 12th grade
Lisa Meng, 10th grade
Aranza Rodriguez, 10th grade
TAPPS STATE SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIP
Congratulations to the Awty students who qualified for the TAPPS Division I State Swimming Championship including Emilien Bevierre (Tle), Colette Chen (9th grade), Leila El Masri (12th), Kara Fields (12th), Mitchell Griffiths (12th), Eddie Hirs (Tle), Ynes Kang (11th), Miles Lewis (9th), Brandon Mahan (11th), Abby Partridge (12th), Amelia Ward (12th), and Will Ward (10th).
Overall, the Girls team finished 6th and the Boys team finished 10th. Bravo to Brandon Mahan and Leila El Masri! They both received second place medals at the state championship. Congrats also to the following students for breaking school records:
- Leila El Masri - 500 freestyle
- Brandon Mahan - 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle
- Will Ward - 100 backstroke