MHS presents Sousa, Becker band awards

Top: Hannah Ambler - Sousa Award; Bottom: Olivia Ross - Becker Award

Ross, Olivia

Hannah Ambler has been selected for the Sousa Award, which is given to the outstanding senior band student. She is the daughter of Carl and Susan Ambler of Mendota.

Olivia Ross is the recipient of the Becker Award, which is given to the outstanding sophomore band student. She is the daughter of Kirk and Kathy Ross of Mendota.

The John Philip Sousa Award is given to the graduating senior in recognition for outstanding achievement in instrumental music. The recipient should exhibit characteristics of good character, dependability, cooperation, loyalty, conduct, appreciation of good music, self-confidence, leadership and a sincere desire to learn music with the welfare of the band in mind.

The John Becker Memorial Award is given to the outstanding sophomore band student. In November of 1981, Becker suddenly and unexpectedly passed away. He was a sophomore in the Mendota High School Concert Band and was devoted to the study of trombone. Becker was a serious student in school, who was extremely loyal to the band program. His long-range plan was to become a music educator. He was well-liked by his peers and respected by the faculty at MHS. Becker had the highest degree of character, held a high expectation for himself and inspired others to do the same. This memorial award was established not only to honor the memory of John Becker, but also his admirable traits as a bandsman of the highest standard.

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