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Beechwood Band Boosters Presents Annual Scholarship

Beechwood High School senior Ashley Mullins was awarded the 2019 Sarah E. Menez Memorial Scholarship.

The award was presented at the senior awards program by the Beechwood Band Boosters last week.

Ashley was a member of the Beechwood Marching Tigers (2016-2018); the Beechwood Jazz Ensemble (2016-2019) where she held the 4th, then 2nd and now 1st chair trumpet; the Beechwood Jazz Lab (2016-2017); the KMEA State Championship Marching Tigers first place (2016), 2nd place in 2017, and 3rd place in 2018.  She was President of the French Club (2017-2018) and a member of the Spanish Club (2016-2019), and Spanish Honors Society (2016-2019).  She was a member and new archer mentor in the Archery Club making KHSAA State in 2014 and NASP State in 2015-2018. From 2014-2017 she was a member of the Art Club working in different mediums.  And lastly, she was a member of the National Junior Honor Society (2016-2017).

As one teacher wrote, “Ashley is an extraordinary young woman.  She possesses determination and a love for learning…” Another teacher noted, “She is giving, forward-thinking, intelligent and kind-hearted.”

“Sarah Menez's love of music and the arts, as described in her bio, make her someone I wish I had the chance to know. I plan on using the scholarship to fund my continued involvement in music programs throughout college, including (University of Cincinnati)'s marching band," Mullins said.

“We are pleased to have this scholarship to promote purposes and qualities of character, musicianship, and academic achievement in our students.  It is always a challenge, however, to select one student from so many fine candidates,” said Beechwood Band Boosters president Mike James.

The Sarah E. Menez Memorial Scholarship was established in 2014 by the Beechwood Band Boosters in association with Joseph Menez to honor the memory of his late wife Sarah Menez. One scholarship is awarded annually for tuition assistance to a senior attending Beechwood High School who has best represented the personal qualities of Sarah Menez, musicianship, academic promise and who has been accepted at an accredited college or university.

-Staff report

Photo: 2019 scholarship presentation (left to right): Beechwood Director of Bands Austin Bralley, award recipient Ashley Mullins, President of the Beechwood Band Boosters Mike James, and Joe Menez. (Provided)