2019 Four Star Awards

The 4 Star Awards for the 2018-2019 school year were held on Monday May 20.  This annual event is an opportunity to thank all the students who participated in the band programs, making those programs successful.  It is also a time to recognize outstanding efforts, award scholarships, and bid farewell to our Seniors.

Awards and Scholarships

Matt Hersher plays the Washington High School Alma Mater to close the evening

In addition to First, Second, Third, and Four-Year Awards, presented to all members who met those qualifications, the following received individual recognition, awards and/or scholarships:


Outstanding Freshman Boy: Andrew Kennen
Outstanding Freshman Girl: Grace Erichsen
Rookie of the Year: Ezra Teall
Outstanding Sophomore Boy: Chris Wintrip
Outstanding Sophomore Girl: Lillie Travis
Outstanding Junior Boy: Jordan Higgins
Outstanding Junior Girl: Zoey Paulus
Level Check Achievement Award*: Owen Kramer
Massillon Tiger Band Alumni Scholarship: Kaitlyn Brown, Mitchel Paulus
Pizza Oven Scholarship: Victoria Menches, Mahaylee Neace
Chuck "Scoop" Hess Scholarship: Alexis Markley
Dave Voshall Legacy Award: Jett Hannan
George "Red" Bird Scholarship: Matt Hersher
Amanda J. Cunningham Memorial Scholarship: Jett Hannan
Senior Dedication and Service: Logan Vossen, Rachel Steiner
Senior Leadership Award: Alexis Markley, BreAnna Piorkowski, Mitchel Paulus, Nathan Santucci
Louis Armstrong Jazz Award: Mahaylee Neace
John Philip Sousa Band Award: Matt Hersher
Swingster Award: Matt Hersher
Distinguished Service Award: Lisa Markley, Lori Steiner

Semper Fidelis Award for Musical Excellence: Matt Hersher
(Presented by the United States Marines Youth Foundation at the WHS Academic Honors Program on May 15)


*The Level Check Achievement Award was instituted this year to recognize those individuals who reached Level 6 in their instrumental level checks.  In the 12 year history of level checks, only three other people have qualified for this award: Lea Lin, Jessie Robinson, and Melissa Bomba.

Class of 2019

Congratulations to all the Seniors who make up the WHS Instrumental Music Program's Class of 2019:

Payton Alexander
Amie Bell
Kaitlyn Brown
Chad Corbin
Shannon Courter
Tyson Dinger
Briley Eaches
Keaton Gibbs
Camryn Gradijan
Hannah Gump
Jett Hannan

Jimmy Hardwick
Diamond Haverstock
Nicole Hershberger
Matthew Hersher
Brennan Hookey
Sarah Howe
Dylan Knauf
Alexis Markley
Nolan Mast
Avery McVay
Victoria Menches
Willa Mumme
Mahaylee Neace
Mitchel Paulus
Malik Peloso
BreAnna Piorkowski
Macey Pope
Nathan Santucci
Rachel Steiner
Destiny Stevenson
Logan Vossen
Justin Warner
Halie Wilson