Jesus Martinez and Jose Martinez, both from Bartow High International Baccalaureate, joined Emily Wagener from Mulberry High amd were three of four students to go to the National Association for Music Educators to represent Florida during the 2013 NAfME All-National Honors Ensembles.
The trio performed as part of a concert band during this year’s event which is Oct. 27-30 in Nashville, Tenn.
Each year, outstanding student musicians are chosen from a pool of national applicants to perform with renowned conductors. This year’s conductors include Peter Loel Boonshaft (Concert Band), Rollo Dilworth (Mixed Choir), Miriam Burns (Symphony Orchestra) and Rodney Whitaker (Jazz Ensemble).
To be eligible to participate, students must gain acceptance into their states’ 2012-2013 All-State Festival, be a member of a school string, choral or instrumental ensemble and apply for the same type of ensemble when they apply for the All-National Honors Ensembles, and receive an endorsement from his/her school’s ensemble director.
Three Bartow schools named Five Star
Three Bartow schools were named Five Star last week. Those schools are Bartow Elementary Academy, Bartow High and Union Academy. A total of 21 schools in Polk County were named to the list.
Each year the Five Star School Award, created by the Florida Commissioner’s Community Involvement Council, is presented to schools that have shown evidence of exemplary community involvement. In order to earn the Five Star school recognition, a school must achieve 100 percent in the following criteria: business partnerships, family involvement, volunteerism, student community service and school advisory councils.
Cross Country teams go to Disney
The boys and girls Cross Country teams at Bartow High were among the 3,600 athletes who competed at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex Oct. 11-12 at Disney World Resort.
For more than 15 years, Disney Sports has offered amateur athletes, coaches and their families the opportunity to train, compete, gain recruitment and celebrate like the pros at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.