Desert Mountain earns music scholarship award

The National Association for Music Education has given Desert Mountain High School recognition for service and leadership. (Josh Martinez/Independent Newsmedia)

Desert Mountain High School has been recognized by the National Association for Music Education with a scholarship award for its music students.

The award honors schools across the nation for their excellence in service and leadership.

The National Chapter of the Year Program is designed to motivate and reward chapters that perform service projects, encourage chapter officers to perform their duties properly and increase awareness and interest in what other Tri-M chapters are doing, according to a release.

The Tri-M Music Honor Society is the national music honor society for middle/junior high and high school students. It is designed to recognize students for their academic and musical achievements, reward them for their accomplishments and service activities, and to inspire other students to excel at music and leadership, according to a release.

In the Senior Division, Desert Mountain received runner-up honors and a scholarship for its music honor society chapter. The group’s adviser is Michelle Irvin.

Herricks High School in New Hyde Park, N.Y., was named Chapter of the year in the division.

The Tri-M National Chapter of the Year will receive an engraved permanent service plaque along with the Chapter of the Year Scholarship award.

Scholarships must be used to fund a professional development activity for the chapter including, but not limited to, clinicians, master classes, field trips, conference travel or summer music program scholarships.

The Senior Division Chapter of the Year received a $1,000 scholarship, and the Junior Division Chapter of the Year received a $800 scholarship. Runners-up also received scholarships for their schools.

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