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Members of the 2017-2018 MPJHS Honors Band include Flutes: David Perez, Kayla Mata, Alitzel Mendoza, Ruby Ferretiz, Anahi Valente, Ximena Tovar, Joshua Espinoza, Jocelyn Reyes, Genesis Roberson, Hezly Garcia, Rachel Rodriguez; Oboe: Hannah Harvill; Bassoon: Taylor Hubbs; Clarinets: Emmalee Wade, Jayme Don Juan, Neida Perez, Genesis Davila, Juliana Perez, Hadleigh Mays, Mauricio Bocanegra; Bass Clarinets: Holly Reese, Terry Duke; Alto Saxophones: Jonathan Tepetate, Lucy Molina; Tenor Saxophone: Pablo Mata; Trumpets: Jayden Beckham, Dewayne Ivory, Esteban Trejo, Jenny Flores, Alexia De La Rosa; French Horns: Miguel Banda, Amelin Cardenas, Juan Gandara, Arlette De Jesus; Trombones: Odalys Adame, McKayla Salazar, Calie Logan, Jahir Alonzo, Jackelin Gomez, Sherlyn Sandoval; Baritones: Victor Olvera, Alan Garrett; Tubas: Kolby Perkins, David Chavez, Devin Black; Percussion: Angel Quistian, David Perez, Donoven Young, Elizabeth Lockett, Erik Ojendis, Isai Ramirez, Jair Moreno, Pedro Zuniga, Tommy Arredondo

Symphonic Band:
Members of the 2017-2018 Symphonic Band include on Flute: La’toni Elliott, Karli Hill, Zareya Hurndon, Gracelyn McClendon, Madison McNeil, Daniela Palomo, Jamelah Miller, Rosselyn Molina, Jacqueline Rodriguez, Madison Thompson; Clarinet: Andrew Avila, Chelsea Dowden, Juanita Gutierrez, Angel Nava, Viridiana Portillo, Kaitlyn Reese, Melanie De La Cruz, Manoa Bagsic; Contra Clarinet: Hannah Bowles; Saxophone: Brian Ayala, Ezequiel Castaneda, Giselle Castillo, Alejandro Nava, Cesar Tinajero, Javier Vazquez; Trumpet: Dana Memije, Alan Rodriguez, Nayeli Palacios, Jackie Gonzalez, Yesenia Rosiles, Andrea Anguiano, Lizeth Navarro; French Horn: Marcela Mata, Isaiah Martinez; Baritone: Sebastian Campos, Daniel Garcia; Trombone: Micah Shepherd, Elijah Rider, Rachel Cato, Yadeline Perez, Luis Garcia, David Macareno, Christopher Arroyo; Tuba: Jorge Alvarez, Juan Serna, Edgar Arias; Percussion: Ilse Ojendis, Param Poudel, Lizzette Ramirez, Raul Vazquez, Analisa Lopez

The month of March was a hectic and exciting time for the Mount Pleasant Junior High School band program.

On Thursday, March 22, the MPJH Honors and Symphonic Bands performed at the Pleasant Grove Invitational Festival (Pre-UIL Concert and Sight Reading Contest) at Pleasant Grove High School in Texarkana. Both bands received a Sweepstakes Award. It means both groups won a first division (Superior Rating) on their stage performances and in sight reading.

According to MPJHS Band Director Karen Luckett, this is the first time in the history of the MPJHS band program that both bands received this award at this contest.

On Wednesday, March 28, the MPJH Symphonic Band performed in the Region IV Middle School UIL Concert and Sight Reading Contest at Pleasant Grove High School. They again received a Sweepstakes Award, winning a first division (Superior Rating) on their stage performance and in sight reading.

“After looking at records, this is the first time in the history of the band program, The Symphonic Band has ever received a Sweepstakes Award at a UIL Contest,” Luckett said.

Then on Thursday, March 29, the MPJH Honors Band performed in the Region IV Middle School UIL Concert and Sight Reading Contest at Pleasant Grove High School. They received a first division (Superior Rating) on their stage performance.

“I am thrilled at how well both groups of students performed,” Luckett said. “Both Alicia Hargett, who directs the Symphonic Band, and I are so proud of the way our students stepped up and performed at such a high level. They were great representatives of Mt. Pleasant.”


Mt. Pleasant Junior High Dance Team Brings Home Awards

Row 1 L-R: Chloe Carter, Grelyn Goolsby, Leslie Moreno, Carlie Cunningham, Kim Robles, Emma Burrows
Row 2 L-R: Juliana Perez, Sarah Godfrey, Nevaeh Bardwell, Anna Claire Wall, Mackenzie Lide, Emma Sellers, Mary Kait Heron
Not Pictured: Emily Shelton

The Mount Pleasant Junior High School Advanced Dance Team (ADT) brought home numerous awards from the American Dance and Drill Team National/International Dance Competition held at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. In the National category, the team competed against other Junior High/Middle Schools, and in the International Category, they worked against Junior High/Middle Schools, High Schools, Dance Studios and International teams from Japan.

In the National Category, MPJHS took 1st place and National Champion in Jazz and Novelty and placed 2nd in Pom.

The Jazz team includes Nevaeh Bardwell, Carlie Cunningham, Sarah Godfrey, Grelyn Goolsby, Mary Kait Heeren, Mackenzie Lide, Juliana Perez, Emma Sellers and Anna Claire Wall. The Novelty and Pom teams also include Emma Burrows, Chloe Carter, Leslie Moreno, Kim Robles and Emily Shelton.

Out of five solo finalists, MPJHS had four: Nevaeh Bardwell placed 2nd, Sarah Godfrey and Juliana Perez tied for 3rd place, and Anna Claire Wall took 4th place.

The MPJHS Advanced Dance Team were also awarded Academic National Champion and was the Sweepstakes Award Winner, receiving a 93 or above from all judges on all their routines.

In the International category, ADT was 3rd Runner Up in Jazz, 4th Runner Up in Novelty and 12th Runner Up in Pom. They placed 22nd Overall out of 84 teams.


2018-2019 Tiger Doll Members Announced

The 2018-2019 Tiger Doll Team

Congratulations to the members of the 2018-2019 Tiger Dolls:

Delaila Aleman, Ashleigh Amerson, Katelyn Andrews, Mady Antone, Madyson Arzate, Nevaeh Bardwell, Emily Bird, Lily Burrows, Jenny Carmona, Cassidy Carr, Ashlie Castillo, Connelly Cowan, Carlie Cunningham, Harper Davis, Evelyn DeSantiago, Hailey Dixon, Anna Elliott, Nikki Emory, Lindsey Espinoza, Alexia Fernandez, Angely Garcia, Sarah Godfrey, Dafne Gomez, Jackelin Gomez, Grelyn Goolsby, Rylie Hardison, Mary Kait Heeren, Victoria Hernandez, Makayla Kirkwood, Mackenzie Lide, Victoria Martinez, Yatzari Monrial, Leslie Moreno, Valerie Moreno, Baley O’Neal, Cindi Organista, Jessie Parchman, Litzy Patino, Juliana Perez, Alexis Quezada, Kimberly Robles, Maribel Rodarte, Rachel Rodriguez, Brittany Ruan, Bianca Sambrano, Itzel Sandoval, Sherlyn Sandoval, Karli Sikes, Mirka Soto and Litzy Yanez.

Managers for the 2018-2019 team are Kristin Andrews, Adrienne Bradley, Emma Burrows and Audrey DeSantiago. Head Manager is Grace Whitten. Jaton Broach is the Tiger Doll Director.