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June/July 2014 theview theview Page 15 arlington middle school AMS Honors Top Students AMS Chorus Wins Big AMS Names All-Star Students The Arlington Middle School Honor Chorus competed at the Music in the Parks festival in St. Louis on Saturday, May 10. The choir received a Superior rating and came in first place in their division. Their score was also the second-highest of the 21 vocal ensembles competing. It was an extremely successful trip; AMS Chorus Director Mr. Ivey is “very proud” of the group’s hard work, dedication, and performance. Alyssa Stephens, Valedictorian Amber Hawkins, Salutatorian Alyssa has been an Arlington Middle Bobcat for three years. During her seventh grade year, Alyssa took the SAT through the Duke Tip program and received a state award for her score. This year Alyssa had a perfect score on the Explore ACT. Alyssa is a Beta Club and Junior Honor Society member, AMS cheerleader, participates in Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and she is a peer tutor. Alyssa also plays violin in the AMS orchestra. It is a pleasure to be able to recognize a student so actively involved in our school. Alyssa is the daughter of Mark and Gail Stephens. Amber is the daughter of Cari and Kevin Hawkins. Amber has been an Arlington Middle School Bobcat for three years. During her seventh grade year, Amber took the ACT through the Duke Tip program and received both state and national a wa r d s for her score. Amber has been on the Principal's Honor Roll all three years. She has also been a member of the Honor Chorus at AMS. Outside of school, Amber is involved in youth group activities and service projects through her church. It is a pleasure to be able to recognize a student so deserving. Photos Courtesy of AMS Band Student to Play in New York Vanessa Sydboten, an 8th grader at Arlington Middle and a member of the AMS Band has been accepted to play the clarinet in the Middle School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall in New York City in June. These elite students are selected by auditions across the US, Canada and Internationally. With the assistance of AMS Band Director Daniel Foster, Vanessa submitted an audition tape and teacher recommendations as part of the selection process. Along with her New York performance, Vanessa also had the honor of this year being chosen for All West Tennessee Band Blue Band and the AMS Band’s Patricia Prescott Leadership Award. Vanessa began playing clarinet in 6th grade under the instruction of David Ryan and hopes to study music at Julliard after high school. Summer AR Arlington Middle School is encouraging its students to keep reading this summer. The school’s library will be open on four different dates so that students may take Accelerated Reader quizzes on the books they read during the summer break. Any Photo by Jerry Borwick Photography The Arlington Middle School All-Stars are exemplary students who are nominated by their 8th grade teachers and selected by their peers. These students are chosen based on their integrity, school leadership, and community involvement. Front Row (L to R): Mi