MASON — Twelve Wahama High School students have been inducted into a new music honor society, established at the school by Rachel Reynolds.
Wahama became the third high school in the state to charter a chapter of the Tri-M Music Honor Society, according to Reynolds, who is the school music teacher and choir director.
Inducted in the inaugural induction ceremony were Logan Bissell, choir; Lauren Fields, band; Shelby Gerlach, choir; Brooke Vickers, choir; Jackson Hall, choir and band; Heather Grimm, choir; Brandie Vickers, choir; Kristin DeVault, band; Kaitlyn Greene, choir; Alexa Layne, choir; Sydnee Whaley, choir; and Grace Haddox, band.
During the ceremony, students from the band and choir performed musical selections. Erin Krawcyzn served as keynote speaker. She spoke to the group on the importance of the musical arts, and how her high school involvement and life lessons she learned in band helped her with her current career path at Farmers Bank. The evening concluded with a reception.
Elected as officers of the new chapter were Kristin DeVault, president; Lauren Fields, vice president; Heather Grimm, secretary; Grace Haddox, treasurer; and Brooke Vickers, historian.
The Tri-M Music Honor Society provides a means of recognizing the efforts and achievements of music students who volunteer their time, and share their musical talents with others. The formation of the chapter signifies the school’s recognition of the importance of the arts in the development of a comprehensive educational program, Reynolds said.
Since 1952, almost 5,000 Tri-M chapters have been chartered in the U.S. and abroad, and current membership exceeds 50,000. The goal of the society is to foster greater interest in band, orchestra, and choral performance and to provide more opportunities for personal musical expression.
Students are selected for membership on the basis of musicianship, scholarship, character, leadership, and service to their school and community. The organization’s high standards serve to challenge students to greater effort and achievement, and to encourage them in the pursuit of excellence, according to Reynolds.
In 1983, the society became a program of the National Association for Music Education (NafME). National Association for Music Education, among the world’s largest arts education organizations, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. NafME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.