Mansfield ISD Magazine Fall 2018 | Page 23

THREE MISD BANDS EARN MARK OF EXCELLENCE AWARD T hree Mansfield ISD band ensembles won the 2018 Mark of Excellence from The Foundation for Music Education for their outstanding performances. The Mark of Excellence is a national competition in which bands from all over the country submit their best recording from the spring. The music is then judged and ranked by nationally renowned adjudicators. The top 25 percent of entrants are selected as National Winners. The second quarter receive Commended Honors. The Summit High School Wind Symphony, directed by Chris Kanicki, was selected as a Commended Winner. Congratulations to the following MISD ensembles: The T.A. Howard Middle School Honor Band, directed by Nathaniel Neugent, was selected as a National Winner. The Lake Ridge High School Wind Symphony, directed by Brad Bonebrake, was selected as a Commended Winner. The group was also commended in the Class 6A and New Music divisions. The winners will be recognized in publications and at regional and national conventions. All of the groups will receive trophies, comments from the adjudicators and a compilation recording of the National Winners. This year, a total of 279 musical ensembles from 38 states entered the Mark of Excellence competition. BORDER BRAWL CREATES NEW COMPETITION FOR STUDENT-ATHLETES A battle over state lines kicked off the Mansfield ISD 2018-19 high school football season and will continue when track and field begins. MISD football teams, bands, cheerleaders, drill teams and fans made the trip up north to celebrate the inaugural Border Brawl football competition on Aug. 31, in which five MISD teams faced five Oklahoma teams. The Oklahoma competition included teams from Union, Jenks, Broken Arrow, new opportunities while engaging in friendly competition. Fans traveled in large numbers to show their support. Bixby and Sand Springs. Border Brawl was brought to life by MISD Athletics Director Philip O’Neal and Superintendent Dr. Jim Vaszauskas. The idea was to provide students with 20 “I think it’s important for us to create experiences for them,” said O’Neal. “The connections and lessons they learn from going beyond their region will help them in college and in life.” Mansfield ISD will face the same Oklahoma teams at the start of the 2019 track and field season. Details are to be determined, but the meet will take place in the Tulsa area. M A NSFIELD ISD.O RG