Union Middle School Band students are awarded outstanding achievement points, which are points earned for doing those things that help students improve and be successful and contribute to the success of the whole band program. Students earn points for passing lesson book songs, band concert literature, for positive attitude and effort in band rehearsals, and many other criteria. Overall, they need to be good role models of an ideal band student. The award is not easy to achieve, but is based more on effort and achieving one’s highest potential rather than on sheer talent. The three levels students can achieve depending on the number of points they earned are Gold, Silver and Bronze.
The following students received these honors:
6th Grade
Gold: Marcus Albertsen, Emma Deaton, Tyson Fleshner, Jordan Haas, Alex Hall, Sophia Hall, Grace Harrigan, Tristen Heth, Jacob Hill, Grace Johnson, Clayton Loeb, Sterling Mullen, Kylea Neuendorf, Sarah Roberts, Rylee Sash, Ella Smith, Breanna Soard, Sophia Winkelpleck
Silver: Ellie Behrens, Sydney Bucknell, Alex Johnston, Madelon Rathe, Layton Smutz, Belle Weber
Bronze: Michael Frisbie, Cade Shepard, Savannah Williams
7th Grade
Gold: Rachel Hellman, Carlie Hoppe, Madison Jantzen, Leah Kaufman, Rachel Kline, Rebekah Leipold, Ivy McKinley, Molly Niebergall, Teagan Prouse, Garrett Rottinghaus, Aubrey Schmidt, Parker Wilson, Lillie Wrobel
Silver: Riley Davis, Madison Frush, Rhett Peters, Piper Wiedenhoff
Bronze: Jonathan Bronner, Emma Carlson, Lane Hennings, Tessa Pearson, Kendall Putz
8th Grade
Gold: Allie Carty, Megan Carty, Kody Crawford, Scarlett Ellsworth, Chloe Heitmann, Karson Hennings, Hunter Klima, Jacob Lowe, Ben Rempe, Tyler Rottinghaus, Valerie Ryan, Olivia Sash, Clayton Sparks, Carter Spore, Nolan Wandschneider, Rashawn Williams
Silver: Hannah Gates, Alex Kiler, Anthony Redman, Zeke Seuser, Arabella Shepard, Trey Smutz, Jenna Steinlage, Holly Wandschneider, CJ Weltzin
Bronze: Ben Dvorak, Anthony Kiler, Veronica Redman, Libby Sauer, Mason Scott, Hunter Stwalley
Two students received the 100 award for passing 100 lesson book songs in one year. The average amount of lesson book songs a band student usually passes in a year is about 40. Teagan Prouse passed 180 songs and Zeke Seuser passed 100 songs.
Jazz band awards were presented to the following students: 7th graders Rachel Hellman, Carlie Hoppe, Leah Kaufman, Rachel Kline, and Aubrey Schmidt and 8th graders Kody Crawford, Ben Dvorak, Jacob Lowe, Ben Rempe, Tyler Rottinghaus, Valerie Ryan, Olivia Sash, Mason Scott, Zeke Seuser, Carter Spore, Hunter Stwalley, Nolan Wandschneider, and Rashawn Williams.