Mansfield ISD Magazine Spring 2019 | Page 14

MISD Band Receives National Honor MISD | The T.A. Howard Middle School band was awarded the Sudler Cup by the John Philip Sousa Foundation. The Sudler Cup is given to middle school concert The T.A. Howard band is composed of seventh and eighth graders. band programs that have successful public school and demonstrated university band directors. particularly significant high Band director Nathaniel standards of excellence in concert Neugent will be presented with the activities over a period of several engraved silver cup. An engraved years. plaque will also be presented to Selected bands are Howard Middle School and each chosen through a nomination member of the current concert process. The nominations are band will receive an individualized then evaluated by a selection diploma. committee composed of The John Philip Sousa Foundation is a non-profit foundation dedicated to the promotion of international understanding through the medium of band music. The foundation administers a number of projects and awards supporting high-quality band performance, conducting and composition. MISD proud: National Signing Day MANSFIELD ISD | Mansfield ISD’s National Signing Day event Some parents danced when their athlete’s name was called. celebrated the 109 student-ath- letes who earned scholarships and committed to continue playing their sport at the collegiate level. National Signing Day is held on the first Wednesday in Febru- ary. It has traditionally been the first day that a high school senior can sign a binding letter of intent to play at a school that is part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Student-athletes from Lake Ridge High School, Legacy High School, Mansfield High School, Summit High School and Timber- Every MISD high school was represented at the event. 14 | Mansfield ISD TODAY Families huddled around the picture capture the memory. view High School gathered at the MISD Center for the Performing Arts on Feb. 6 for the ceremony. Families, friends and coaches were also in attendance as the young athletes publicly displayed which college they will be attend- ing after graduation. Athletics Director Philip O’Ne- al said that his hope is for all the signees to find and follow their passion in college. “We have the capacity and ability to teach our student-ath- letes character traits that are go- ing to help them far beyond their high school career,” said O’Neal. “They’ll be able to use those traits and apply them to their future goals, even if it has nothing to do with sports.” Early signing days were held in Novem- ber and December. More letters of intent station to will be signed in April.