Friday’s Senior Night festivities preceding Cleburne’s final home football game will include the presentation of ten candidates for the title of Mr. and Miss Golden Pride and the announcement of the 2017 honorees.
The candidates include Miss Golden Pride nominees Brianna Graf, Echo Henson, Alyssa Lira, Nohely Mejia and Sarai Salinas. Nominees for Mr. Golden Pride are Adin Allison, Shamari McGhee, Joshua Portwood, Ryan Siler and Cooper Teague. Chosen by their fellow musicians, the awards are presented annually to a senior male and female member of the Pride for their dedication to the band program and their commitment to its standards of Spirit, Unity, Trust and Attitude.
Graf is a member of the clarinet section and has been featured as a soloist in this year’s UIL marching show. She was a two-year member of the CHS Symphonic Band and is currently in her second year as a member of the Wind Symphony. She has received a 1st division rating on all her solos and ensemble participation at each UIL Solo and Ensemble Contest in which she has competed. In her junior year, Graf advanced to the UIL State Solo and Ensemble Contest as a member of a small ensemble.
Graf is also a member of the CHS Beta Club, National Honor Society, Exchangettes and is an Academic Excellence Award honoree. Following graduation, she plans to continue her studies at the college level, with a major in nursing.
Henson is a member of the Golden Pride Color Guard and as a sophomore was selected as a member of the weapon line in the CHS Winterguard. Last year, she was named a founding member of the Varsity Winterguard, which finished in 3rd place in Scholastic A Class at the North Texas Color Guard Association Championships. As a senior, Henson was honored as a Bandsman of the Week. She has also received the CHS Academic Excellence Award three years in a row. Following graduation, she plans to attend Southwestern Adventist University.
Lira is a member of the horn section and is in her second year as a member of the CHS Wind Symphony. As a junior, she earned a 1st division rating on her Class 1 solo at the UIL Solo and Ensemble Contest, advancing to the state level of competition.
She is also a member of the CHS chapter of Texas Association of Future Educators. She plans to attend Tarleton State University to pursue a degree in early childhood education.
Mejia is a flutist in the Golden Pride and during concert season has played with the Symphonic Band and Symphonic Winds 1. She received Bandsman of the Week honors as a freshman and senior and in her junior year, advanced to the UIL State Solo and Ensemble Contest with a 1st division rating on her solo.
Mejia is a member of the CHS varsity track team and has competed at the Area and State levels in FFA. She is also a member of CHS Exchangettes. Following graduation, she plans to attend Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi to major in biology.
Salinas is in her second year as Drum Major for the Pride and also serves as band vice-president. As a flutist, she performed in the CHS Symphonic Band in her freshmen year and is now in her third year with the Wind Symphony. She has received 1st division ratings for her solos and ensembles at the District level the past three years and advanced to the UIL State Solo and Ensemble Contest. Salinas was honored with the Outstanding Bandsmen Award as a freshman and junior and received the 2017 Patrick S. Gilmore Award.
As a junior, she auditioned for the Texas Music Educators Association All-Region Band where she advanced to the second phase of auditions and was named to the Symphonic Band. Her band-related achievements include the Outstanding Rookie Drum Major Award presented at the 2016 UT-Arlington Band Camp. This past summer she attended the SASI Drum Major Camp at Texas State University where she received the Outstanding Teaching Award.
Her extracurricular activities at CHS also include National French Honor Society, Exchangettes, and National Honor Society. Salinas has earned foreign language awards for her achievements in French and has received the Academic Excellence Award the past three years. Following graduation, she hopes to attend the University of North Texas to major in music education or Dallas Baptist University to major in intercultural studies.
Allison, who is band president, is among the candidates for Mr. Golden Pride. He is a member of the trumpet section and this year, is a member of the Wind Symphony and Jazz Band. His positions on the GP student leadership team have also included the uniform crew, equipment crew and is a two-year trumpet section leader.
Allison has been honored with the Bandsman of the Week Award every year. During his sophomore and junior years, he received 1st division ratings on his solo in UIL District competition. Last year he advanced to the state level as a member of an ensemble.
He is an assistant stage manager for the CHS Theater Department’s upcoming production of High School Musical Jr. and is a four-year student on the Information Technology track. Allison plans to attend The University of Mary-Hardin Baylor to major in business administration with a specialty in business computer information services.
McGhee is a member of the Golden Pride tuba section and has performed with the Concert Band and Wind Symphony. As a junior, he advanced to the UIL Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest as a member of a brass quintet. He has also served as a member uniform crew on the Pride’s student leadership team.
McGhee plans to attend West Texas A&M University to major in music education, with hopes of becoming a band director.
Portwood is a member of the flute section and has played with the Concert Band and Symphonic Winds 1 during concert season. As a freshman, he was recognized as a Bandsman of the Week and earned the Outstanding Bandsman Award for the Concert Band. In his sophomore year, he received a 1st division rating on his solo at the UIL District Solo and Ensemble Contest. He was named to the Golden Pride Leadership Team as a junior, serving as a flute section leader. He is also a member of the French Club and the CHS chapter of SkillsUSA.
He plans to attend the University of North Texas to major in engineering, followed by enlistment in the United States Navy.
Siler is a member of the Pride’s horn section and has also performed in the Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Wind Symphony and Jazz Band. He has received multiple Bandsman of the Week honors and as sophomore advanced to the UIL State Solo and Ensemble Contest on both his solo and as a member of a brass quintet, which earned a 1st division rating.
He is in his second year as mellophone section leader and as a junior earned a seat in the TMEA Region 30 All-Region Band, advanced to the UIL State Solo and Ensemble Contest in solo and ensemble events and received the CHS Wind Symphony Outstanding Brass Member Award. He is serving as Senior Class Representative on the Band Council.
His activities at CHS also include French Club, Strategy Board Game Club and the UIL Debate Team and he has been involved in multiple productions at the Plaza Theatre Company.
Following graduation, Siler plans on spending his summer with a World Class Drum Corps, after which he will attend the University of North Texas to major in music education.
Teague is a member of the Golden Pride trumpet section and has played in the Concert Band and Symphonic Winds 1. He is a two-time recipient of Bandsman of the Week honors and as a junior advanced to the state level in UIL Solo and Ensemble competition as a member of a brass quintet.
He competed in Jackets baseball for two years and basketball for three years. Teague has received multiple Academic Excellence Awards and is a four-year member of Beta Club. He plans to attend a junior college following graduation before transferring to Texas A&M University, in preparing for a career in physical therapy.
Pre-game festivities will include the recognition of senior members of the Golden Pride, Jackets football team and student trainers, varsity cheer squad and CHS Showstoppers Dance Team.
Pictured from the top are Mr. and Miss Golden Pride candidates Adin Allison, Alyssa Lira, Brianna Graf, Cooper Teague, Joshua Porterwood, Ryan Siler, Sarai Salinas, Nohely Mejia, Shamari McGhee and Echo Henson.