Students Recognized for Outstanding Musical Achievement

Five students received special honors at the Armstrong School District (ASD) Caucus Meeting for outstanding musical achievement. They were: (L-R) Alex Sidora (Junior), Donovan Jack (Senior),  ASD Assistant Superintendent Dr. Josh Williams, Megan McLafferty (Senior), Isabel Valasek (Junior), and Morgan Shellhammer (Junior).

A select group of very musically-accomplished students received special recognition at last night’s caucus meeting of the Armstrong School District Board of Directors.

ASD Assistant Superintendent Joshua Williams made the plaque presentation to each student individually, noting their accomplishments.

“To have one student named ‘All-State’ in any extra-curricular activity is a significant accomplishment for our programs, teachers, and for the students. Our music program at Armstrong High School this year had five students named ‘All-State’, including one student who received national recognition by being named to the All Eastern Mixed Choir.  To me, that speaks volumes as to the quality of students we have, how hard our teachers work, and how good our programs are.”

The Music Award plaques were inscribed with: “In recognition of outstanding performance and contributions to the programs at Armstrong Junior-Senior High School Music Program.”

Junior Alexander Sidora: Alex was selected to participate in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association All-State Concert Band in trombone.

Senior Donovan Jack: Donovan was selected to participate in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association All-State Wind Ensemble for clarinet.

Junior Morgan Shellhammer: Morgan was selected to participate in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association All-State Mixed Chorus.

Senior Megan McLafferty: Megan was selected to participate in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association All-State Mixed Chorus.

ASD Assistant Superintendent Williams presents Isabel Valasek with a plaque for her national achievement of being chosen for the All-Eastern Mixed Choir.

Junior Isabel Valasek: Isabel was selected to participate in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association All-State Mixed Chorus and the All-Eastern Mixed Choir.  Because the schedules conflicted, she elected to participate in the higher honor, which was the All-Eastern Mixed Choir. That ensemble is comprised of All-State students from eleven states in the eastern part of the county. That level of competition would be among the highest in the nation for such an honor. She is the first student at Armstrong High School to achieve that goal.

Williams once again thanked the students, parents, and teachers for their efforts.

“These are the kind of programs that don’t thrive and benefit without community support,” he said.

Board President Chris Choncek also congratulated the students.

“I would like to thank you,” Choncek said. “You make the District proud through your accomplishments and achievements. You can’t overlook your influence you have on younger students. They see what you are able to achieve and you will cause them to aspire to be like you.”