NEBRASKA STATE BANDMASTERS ASSOCIATION
Excellence in Academic Achievement Award
This award is given to the total high school band program whose members have an average GPA of 3.5 orhigher. This applies to those high school band programs that consist of students grades 9-12 or grades 10-12.

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This year 18 bands have qualified to receive the Academic Achievement Award.  I would ask that the band directors come forward to accept the award for their band, and would ask that everyone hold their applause until all schools have been announced.  This year’s recipients in alphabetical order are:
Adams Central High School Director: Thomas Jaworski
Ainsworth High School Director:  Kim Bejot
Arapahoe High School Director:  Valerie Leising
Ashland-Greenwood Senior High Director:  Jonathan Jaworski
Aurora High School Director:  Dan Sodomka
Bishop Neuman High School Director:  Joann Couton
Crofton Community Schools Director:  Ashley Andrews
Deshler High School Director:  Deb Pohlmann
Elkhorn South High School Director:  Dr. Michelle Bluford
Lincoln East High School Director:  Tom Thorpe
Millard North High School Directors:  Ryan Placek and Craig Mathis
Norris High School Director:  Dr. Evan Lee
Rock County High School Director:  Jessica Janke
Shickley High School Director:  Joshua R. F. Harris
Stuart High School Director:  Alex Wieland
Waverly High School Director:  Brady Rohlfs
Wayne High School Director:  Marcus Brown
Yutan High School Director: Kevin Koopman

2014

 


This year 16 bands have qualified to receive the Academic Achievement Award.  I would ask that the band directors come forward to accept the award for their band, and would ask that everyone hold their applause until all schools have been announced.  This year’s recipients in alphabetical order are:
Adams Central High School Director: Thomas Jaworski
Ashland-Greenwood Senior High Director:  Jonathan Jaworski
Bishop Neumann High School Director:  Joann Couton
Boone Central High School Director: Whitney Paulson
Deshler High School Director:  Deb Pohlmann
Fort Calhoun High School Director:  Mark Jones
Grand Island Central Catholic Director:  Priscilla Balasa
Hastings St. Cecilia High School Director:  Benjamin Veilleux
Lincoln East High School Director:  Tom Thorpe
Lincoln Christian School Director: Emiley Bond
Millard North High School Director:  Ryan Placek
Piux X High School Director Jared Wilhelm
Shickley High School Director:  Joshua R. F. Harris
Waverly High School Director:  Brady Rohlfs
Wayne High School Director:  Alex Wieland
Yutan High School                                                      Director:  Kevin Koopmann

2015

This year 21 bands have qualified to receive the Academic Achievement Award.  I would ask that the band directors come forward to accept the award for their band, and would ask that everyone hold their applause until all schools have been announced.  This year’s recipients in alphabetical order are:
Adams Central High School                           Director – Tom Jaworski
Ashland-Greenwood Senior High School        Director – Jonathan Jaworski
Aurora High School                                    Director – Dan Sodomka
Bishop Neumann High School                      Director – Joann Couton
Crofton High School                                    Director – Ashley Leader
Dorchester High School                                    Director – Chelsea Lulla
Fillmore Central High School                           Director – Ben Kaye-Skinner
Grand Island Central Catholic                           Director – Priscilla Balasa
Hastings St. Cecilia                                    Director – Benjamin Veilleux   
Kearney Catholic School                                    Director – Lindsay Lund
Lakeview Community Schools                           Director – Wade Howles 
Lincoln Christian School                                    Director – Emiley Bond
Lincoln East High School                           Director – Thom Thrope
Millard North High School                           Directors – Ryan Placek and Craig Mathis
Norris High School                                    Director – Evan Lee 
Pius X High School                                    Director  - Jared J. Wilhelm
Raymond Central High School                           Director – Luke Jordan
Shickley High School                                    Director – Joshua R. F. Harris
Tri County Schools                                    Director – Nathan Morrissey 
Waverly High School                                    Director – Brady Rolfs
Wayne High School                                    Director – Alex Wieland

2016