Columbia City High Schoolâ€™s band program was named an All-Music School by the Indiana State School Music Association. Post & Mail photo / Christie Barkley
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City High Schoolâ€™s band program received recognition from the Indiana State School Music Association â€” the first time in the programâ€™s history.
â€śThis is a very big deal,â€ť said Helen Hockemeyer, the band programâ€™s director. â€śThese kids have worked since the beginning of the school year to earn this.â€ť
CCHS was named an All-Music School by ISSMA, which means students had to earn gold medals in five categories during 2012-13.
The Marching Eagles earned gold at the bandâ€™s district contest. Solo and Chamber Ensembles took gold at state ISSMA contest in both solo and small ensemble categories.
Pictured are, front row, from left: Taylor Lemke, Anna Chapple, Regan Scroggs, Alex Walters, Austin Erne, Luke Boismier, Kim Straws, Ellie Tison, Jaylen Smith-Fry, Angel Morton-Sanders, Abbi Copeland and Lauren Whitaker.
Second row: Helen Hockemeyer, Heather Fritz, Brittany Taylor, Jen Ochenas, Angel Zent, Quinten Scroggs, Courtney Bacon, David Rhoades, Laura Peterson, Tatum Owen, Kendalyn Erne, Meghann Hill, Mackenzie Schillace, Megan Eby, Makayla Wakeman and Maddy Minnick.
Third row: Foster Eber, Katie Bailey, Jaegar Kreps, Carissa Chantelois, Carmen Jagger, Matt Swain, Amelia Roman, Ian Andrews, Katie Case and Tylar Shull.
Fourth row: Justin Sheets, Logan Neher, Jacob Fox, Jeremiah Draper, Chance Streby, McKayla Smith, Jacob Yagel, Kyle Hawn, Chase Emmert, Jordan Sands and Brady Mullett.
Not pictured: McKenzie Morse, Taylor Carey, Dan Yingst, Jacob Alberding, Addie Schinbeckler, Peyton Banks, Reyna Torres, Lexie Henney, Tori Tonkel, Tessa Cochran, McKenna Garcia, Michael Mathews-Kurtz, Sid Syndram, Alec Gilles, Jacee Galloway, Krystle Keller, Ashley Lea, Sammy Wolfe, Emilie Richter and Lauren Gates.
To read the rest of this story, see the June 5 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook and twitter.