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Tyrone Area High School students inducted into Tri-M Music Honor Society

Wednesday night, the Tyrone Area School District held its first ever Tri-M Music Honor Society induction ceremonies at the high school auditorium.
About three dozen students were honored during the event which featured guest speaker Dr. Jerry Zolten, an associate professor at Penn State’s Altoona campus. Zolten’s specialties are in the area of communication arts and sciences and American studies. Zolten was also presented with a special award from Kris Laird, the director of bands at Tyrone Area.
“I was honored to be inducted into the first class of the Tyrone Area chapter of the honor society,” said Zolten. “What made it special is my son was also inducted.”
Zolten highlighted his remarks by showing film excerpts on the lives of Duke Ellington, Uncle Dave Macon, Billie Holiday, Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers and the Beatles.
“I wanted the young musicians to know music is more than just playing notes,” Zolten told The Daily Herald. “ I wanted to show music has an affect on how people feel along with the major impact it has on culture of world.”
The Tri-M is a program sponsored by the Music Educators National Conference (MENC) that is designed to recognize and motivate the finest music students in schools for their accomplishments in both music and academics.
A $200 grant from TREF (Tyrone Renaissance Education Foundation) is being used to pay for new chapter fees and inductee pins. Some of the funds were also used to defray the cost of Wednesday evening’s event.
Selection of members is based on character strength and academic and musical achievement. Tri-M Honor students must be enrolled in a school-sponsored music ensemble and/or class for at least one semester, maintain at least a B average in music and a B average (3.0) in other academic subjects, and have demonstrated leadership, service, and character in their activities.
One of the other benefits of Tri-M Honor Society is the added recognition to the school music program’s accomplishments, student/community involvement through honor society sponsored service activities, increased cooperation, cohesiveness, and leadership within the school music programs, faculty, administration and community.
Tri-M members have the opportunity to be recognized for their accomplishments through various awards sponsored by the national and local chapters. Tri-M also offers music career planning materials for students who plan to continue in the music field after high school, student newsletters, and a connection with other chapter members through national and chapter Tri-M websites.
In addition to Dr. Zolten, High School Principal Rebecca Erb was also recognized with a special award.
The following students were named as 2004 TRI-M members: 12th grade; Tom Bradford, Stephanie Catich, Robbi Dick, Shane Gherrity, Barry Gummo, James Haney, Joe Houck, Cody Jones, Cory Jones, Kellyn Miller, Morris Reese, Rob Rich, Kristin Root, Adam Roth and Wendi Taylor. 11th grade; Doug Conrad, Katie Graudons, Bill Hartsock, Elizabeth Kreckel, Tania Lewis, Rebecca Mogle and Stacy Shaffer. 10th grade; Nathan Barber, Sarah Dane, Jean Keller, Evan Kost, Cynda Ormsby, Mary Raffetto, Tim Stibitz, Jessica Templeton, Zac Yeaton and Zach Zolten. Ninth grade; Amber Davis, Jenna Dillon and Meridith Graudons.
Comments at Wednesday’s event were also offered by Elaine Hershberger of TREF. Mr. Laird offered details on Tri-M and closing remarks at the ceremonies were made by Catherine Young who heads the choral department at Tyrone Area. She is also a Tri-M faculty committee member.