Ten Cleburne High School seniors, honored by their peers for their dedication to the band program and the Golden Pride’s creed of spirit, unity, trust and attitude, will be presented in pre-game festivities Friday.
The recognition of candidates for Mr. and Miss Golden Pride and the announcement of the 2018 honorees will be among the Senior Night celebrations preceding the Jackets game with Midlothian. Activities will begin at 7 p.m. as senior members of the football, cheer, dance and band programs, and their parents, are presented in the final home game of the season.
Nominees for Mr. Golden Pride include Cameron Horton, Christopher Morton, Kenyon Pio, Ivan Suaste and Ernesto Vega. Miss Golden Pride candidates are Isabel Amaya, Meredith Johnson, Tabitha Lane, Rebekah Lemus and Daizy Scott.
Amaya is a four-year member of the Golden Pride Color Guard and has been a featured soloist on numerous occasions. She has served as Guard Captain as a junior and senior and has performed with the award-winning Varsity Winter Guard since she was a sophomore.
She is a member of the Golden Pride Student Leadership Team, and with the Varsity Winter Guard, advanced to the North Texas Color Guard Association state championships. Amaya is a three-time recipient of Bandsman of the Week honors and was presented with the Outstanding Color Guard Award as a junior. Following graduation, she plans to attend The University of North Texas to obtain a certification in phlebotomy, while continuing to study dance.
Johnson is bassoonist and performs in the Wind Symphony and the CHS Jazz Band. She is in her second year as a drum major for the Golden Pride and serves on the leadership team. She has achieved Texas Music Educators Association All-Region Band honors each year including the 9th Grade Band, the 5A Symphonic Band and the 5A Concert Band. She has also advanced to the state level in UIL Solo and Ensemble competition the past three years.
As a junior, Johnson was selected to perform in the Lone Star Youth Winds of Dallas, a student ensemble comprised of musicians across north Texas. She is a three-time recipient of the Golden Pride’s Patrick S. Gilmore Award honoring the top band student in each grade level.
She is a member of National Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society, Exchangettes, Beta Club, Tri-M Music National Honor Society and Texas Future Music Educators. Johnson is an Academic Excellence Award honoree and the recipient of the Beta Club Summa Cum Laude academic recognition. Her school activities have also included soccer and UIL Academics. She plans to major in biochemistry, continuing her studies at the post-graduate level in forensics at the UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth.
Lane is a four-year flute and piccolo player in the Pride and has served as drum major for two years, this year as head drum major. She is a member of the Wind Symphony during concert season and has been a guitarist in the CHS Jazz Band. She has competed at the UIL Solo and Ensemble State Contest the past three years.
Her achievements include Bandsman of the Week and she was a featured soloist in the Pride’s 2016 UIL marching show. She is president of the CHS chapter of the Tri-M Music National Honor Society, serves as senior class representative on the Pride’s Leadership Team and is a member of National Honor Society. She also competes in Youth and Government, Academic Decathlon and UIL Academics.
As a junior, she was awarded first chair in the flute section of the All-Region Band following auditions. She is the first Golden Pride member in close to ten years to be recognized as a Texas Music Scholar, awarded by the Texas Music Educators Association for outstanding academic and musical achievement.
She plans to attend The University of Texas following graduation, to major in speech pathology and minor in music.
Lemus is a four-year member of the saxophone section and has also performed in the Symphonic Band, Wind Symphony and Jazz Band. She is a four-year Bandsman of the Week honoree and has advanced to the UIL Solo and Ensemble State Contest the past two years.
She serves as a section leader and is the Band Council vice-president. Her school memberships also include National Honor Society, Beta Club, Exchangettes, Family, Career and Community Leaders of America and Youth and Government. She hopes to attend The University of Southern California to major in business entrepreneurship or business marketing.
Scott is a third-generation flutist and second-generation member the Golden Pride Band. She has also been a member of the Concert Band and Symphonic Winds I. She achieved top marks as a competitor in District Solo and Ensemble and has twice been honored as Bandsman of the Week.
She is a member of the Golden Pride Student Support Staff and serves as a uniform manager. Scott plans to continue on to college, to pursue degrees in fashion and journalism.
The five nominees for Mr. Golden Pride include Cameron Horton, a four-year member of the band’s low brass section, beginning with the euphonium and later taking on the trombone. He has also performed in the Symphonic Band, Wind Symphony and Jazz Band.
He is a Bandsman of the Week honoree and has competed at the District and State UIL Solo and Ensemble Contests. Horton is the low-brass section leader and a member of the Pride’s Student Leadership Team. His school activities also include Youth and Government as a member of the mock trial team.
Following graduation, he plans to attend Tarleton State University to major in pre-ministry, while continuing with music as a member of the TSU marching band.
Morton is a four-year percussionist in the Golden Pride and has performed with the Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble during concert season. He has been honored as a Bandsman of the Week and received the Outstanding Percussionist Award as a sophomore.
He has competed at the state level in UIL Solo and Ensemble and is a member of the band’s Student Leadership Team as a section leader. His school activities also include National Honor Society, Beta Club, National Technical Honor Society and he competes in UIL Debate and Speech. Morton is a multiple Academic Excellence Award honoree and has received Beta Summa Cum Laude academic recognitions. Following graduation, he plans to attend the University of Michigan to major in engineering.
Pio is a four-year member of the trumpet section and performs in the Symphonic Winds I during concert season. He has been a Bandsman of the Week and as a sophomore was honored for outstanding musical achievement. Pio is a member of the Pride’s equipment loading crew and competes on the CHS varsity tennis team. He is a member of Beta Club and the Theater Tech class. He has achieved the Star Scout Award as a member of Boy Scouts.
Following graduation, Kenyon plans to enlist in United States Marine Corps, followed by enrollment at The University of North Texas to study biomedical engineering.
Suaste is a four-year member of the band’s tuba line and this year has served as a drum major. He has also performed in the Symphonic Band, Wind Symphony and the Jazz Band. He has advanced to the state level in UIL Solo and Ensemble and as a junior, was awarded tuba section fifth chair as an All-Region Band honoree.
He has served three years on the Pride’s Student Leadership Team and is the Band President. Suaste has received multiple Academic Excellence Awards and is a member of Beta Club, Texas Association of Future Educators, French National Honor Society, Tri-M Music Honor Society and serves as National Honor Society treasurer. He was elected a District officer for SkillsUSA and has advanced to the state level of competition in the career and technical education student organization the past two years.
Reflecting his interest in a career in music education, Suaste works with beginning band students at Smith and Wheat Middle Schools. He plans to attend Texas A & M University following graduation.
Vega plays baritone sax in the Golden Pride and has been a member of the Symphonic Winds I, Wind Symphony and Jazz Band. He was named to the All-Region Ninth Grade Band and as a junior achieved All-Region Band honors. He has participated in District Solo and Ensemble, advancing to state the past two years.
Vega plans to attend the University of North Texas to pursue a degree in business.