Hattie Muellenbach was the 2021- 2022 recipient of the John Phillip Sousa Award. The award, which originated in 1954, is the most prestigious award given to high school band students who demonstrate musicianship, leadership, dependability, and loyalty.
Jack Sandvig received the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award, which is presented to a student whose participation in jazz band continues Mr. Armstrong’s desire for the true jazz sound.
Karson Weber received the Justin Maass Memorial Award. The award recognizes a MHS chorus member who demonstrates outstanding effort and motivating enthusiasm for choral singing along with strong musicianship.
The Arion Award, the oldest and most prestigious national award for outstanding achievement by high school musicians was given to William Karels. Selection is based on the individual’s contribution to the music department, scholastic standing in band and choir, personal and professional qualities, and performing abilities and musicianship qualities.
Hailey Hupke and Isaac Sousa each received a National School Choral Award. The award honors a female and male singer from the senior class who have contributed the most to the school vocal program with their singing ability and enthusiasm for choral performance.
Two Director’s Award were presented to the individuals who assist the band and choir directors and students with the overall program. I. Sousa earned the band student award, and Maiah Brown was chosen as the recipient from the choir. Laney Forrette, Hope Karels, W. Karels, H. Muellenbach, Joe Schulte, and Rachel Schulte were recognized for participating in the 2022 South Dakota All-State Band in Brookings.J. Schulte and R. Schulte were also recognized for their selection to the 2021 South Dakota All-State Orchestra in Rapid City
The Spirit of Marching Award, as voted on by the band members’ classmates were presented to: Ty Kettwig and Ella Sandvig – Top Freshmen; Olivia Wendland – Top Sophomore; LuisBerrones – Top Junior; and Savannah Stengel – Top Senior.
Outstanding choir members, as voted on by their peers, included: E. Sandvig – Outstanding Freshman; Shaylee Schuchard – Outstanding Sophomore; and Jacob Shelstad – Outstanding Junior.
Nick Fonder, Max Lightfield, Aiden Ludvigson, Ellie Neugebauer, R. Schulte, J. Shelstad were also recognized for being chosen as members of the 48th Annual South Dakota Honor Choir. The event will take place from July 31- August 5 on the campus of USD.
Four-Year Band Pins: Stevie Ash, Nick Batchelor, Tatum Berry, Maiah Brown, Taryn Dusky, Ashly Eilers, Autumn Fox, Kellen Hoeke, Hailey Hupke, William Karels, Natalie Meyer, Hattie Muellenbach, Wylie Mursu, Alexis Ninneman, Savanna Osowski, Shaylee Pekelder, Jack Sandvig, Isaac Schulte, Bennett Schwenn, Isaac Sousa, Savannah Stengel, Benett Street, Emily VanHoorn, Karson Weber, Jacquie Wold, and Dani Yamaura.
North Area Honor Band: Luis Berrones, Alex DeLaRosa, Addie Farrell, Merik Junker, Hope Karels, William Karels, Ruth Luis Gomez, Natalie Meyer, Hattie Muellenbach, Brooke Mumbauer, Ellie Neugebauer, Savanna Osowski, Isaac Schulte, Joe Schulte, Isaac Sousa, Shane Spiering, Savannah Stengel, Maurina Street, Isabella Vogel, Sophia Whitlow, and Jacquie Wold.
Four- Year Choir Pins: Stevie Ash, Nick Batchelor, Connor Bender, Tatum Berry, Maiah Brown, Taryn Dusky, Hailey Hupke, William Karels, Natalie Meyer, Alexis Ninneman, Shaylee Pekelder, Jack Sandvig, Isaac Schulte, Bennett Schwenn, Isaac Sousa, Benett Street, Ryker Trevett, Emily VanHoorn, Karson Weber, Tenley Wildung, Jacquie Wold, and Dani Yamaura.
All-State Chorus Pins: Maiah Brown, Hailey Hupke, William Karels, Max Lightfield, Ellie Neugebauer, Isaac Schulte, Isaac Sousa, and Isabella Vogel.
Major Letter Awards: Seniors: Stevie Ash (band), Connor Bender (choir), Ashly Eilers (band), Autumn Fox (band), Kellen Hoeke (band), Erica Johnson (choir), Henry Pederson (band), Ryker Trevett (choir), Chloe Vaagen (choir), and Karson Weber (band/choir). Juniors: Maddie Tesch (band) and Avery Whitesitt (band). Sophomores: James Batchelor (band/choir), Sunne DeBoer (band), Ivy Lewno (band), Victoria Nelson (choir), Amelia Pederson (band), Abby Pillatzki (band), Lydia Street (band), Avery VanOverbeke (band/choir), Olivia Wendland (choir), and Stella Wendland (choir). Freshmen: Alex DeLaRosa (band), Veronica Fonder (band/choir), Cooper Hupke (choir), Katie Kruger (band), Graham Lightfield (band), Ruth Luis Gomez (band), Bryan Meyer (band), EllaSandvig (band/choir), Rylee Scoular (band), Claire Snaza (band), Shane Spiering (band), Gemma Street (band), and Charles Whitesitt (band).
Major Bar Awards: Seniors: Nick Batchelor (band/choir), Tatum Berry (band), Maiah Brown (band/choir), Taryn Dusky (band), Hailey Hupke (band/choir), William Karels (band/choir), Natalie Meyer (band/choir), Hattie Muellenbach (band), Wylie Mursu (band), Alexis Ninneman (choir), Savanna Osowski (band), Jack Sandvig (band/choir) Isaac Schulte (band/choir), Bennett Schwenn (band/choir), Isaac Sousa (band/choir), Savannah Stengel (band), Benett Street (band/choir), Emily VanHoorn (band/choir), Liz Vogel (choir), Jacquie Wold (band/choir) and Dani Yamaura (band). Juniors: Luis Berrones (band/choir), Kylene Bowen (band), Mason Cordingley (band), Addie Farrell (band), Sammy Femling (band) Marianna Fonder (choir), Laney Forrette (band), Madisen Frerichs (choir), Merik Junker (band), Ian Liebe (band/choir), Max Lightfield (band/choir), Aiden Ludvigson (band/choir), Hillary Morton (band), Tice Mursu (band), Ellie Neugebauer (band/choir), Justus Osborn (band), Carter Phinney (band), Zach Ringsaker (band/choir), Elsie Seffrood (band/choir), Jacob Shelstad (band/choir), Maurina Street (band), Keara VanHoorn (band), Camryn Wiese (choir), Julia Wiik (band), and Emily Jo Wollschlager (band). Sophomores: Nicholas Fonder (band/choir), Aubrey Fraasch (band/choir), Hope Karels (band/choir), Maggie Kruger (band), Brooke Mumbauer (band), Landon Novy (band), Shaylee Schuchard (choir), Joe Schulte (band), Rachel Schulte (band/choir), Daniel Shelstad (band), Cailey Sime (band), Nadia Thue (choir), Isabella Vogel (band/choir), Sophia Whitlow (band), and Connor Wiik (band).
Perfect attendance at Marching and Pep Band events: James Batchelor, Nick Batchelor, Nicholas Fonder, Laney Forrette, Hailey Hupke, Maggie Kruger, Natalie Meyer, Carlos Olivares Zuniga, Keara VanHoorn, Grant VanPeursem, and Connor Wiik.
Band Officer pins: Co Presidents-Bennett Schwenn and Benett Street: Secretaries-Maiah Brown and Hattie Muellenbach
Drum Major pins: Hattie Muellenbach, William Karels, Isaac Sousa.
Colorguard pins: Maiah Brown, Taryn Dusky, Averie Engebretson, Laney Forrette, Aubrey Fraasch, Hope Karels, Victoria Nelson, Olivia Wendland, and Camryn Wiese.
Band Section Leader pins: Maiah Brown, Savannah Stengel, Luis Berrones, Hattie Muellenbach, Maurina Street, Natalie Meyer, Isaac Sousa, Savanna Osowski, Dani Yamaura, and Hailey Hupke,
Chorus Section Leader Pins: Soprano: Maiah Brown, Elsie Seffrood: Alto: Hailey Hupke, Ellie Neugebauer: Tenor: William Karels, Jacob Shelstad; Bass: Max Lightfield, and Isaac Sousa.
Jazz Band Member pins: James Batchelor, Luis Berrones, Tatum Berry, Mason Cordingley, Sunne DeBoer, Ashly Eilers, Addie Farrell, Sammy Femling, Aubrey Fraasch, Kellen Hoeke, Hailey Hupke, Merik Junker, Hope Karels, William Karels, Katie Kruger, Maggie Kruger, Graham Lightfield, Max Lightfield, Aiden Ludvigson, Bryan Meyer, Natalie Meyer, Hattie Muellenbach, Wylie Mursu, Ellie Neugebauer, Landon Novy, Justus Osborn, Savanna Osowski, Abby Pillatzki, Elyse Reede, Zach Ringsaker, Ella Sandvig, Jack Sandvig, Isaac Schulte, Joe Schulte, Bennett Schwenn, Rylee Scoular, Elsie Seffrood, Daniel Shelstad, Cailey Sime, Claire Snaza, Isaac Sousa, Shane Spiering, Benett Street, Gemma Street, Lydia Street, Maurina Street, Maddie Tesch, Emily VanHoorn, Keara VanHoorn, and Emily Jo Wollschlagaer.
Submitted Photo: Front Row: Savannah Stengel, Hattie Muellenbach, Hailey Hupke, Maiah Brown, Olivia Wendland, Gemma Street, Shaylee Schuchard, Ella Sandvig
Second Row: Ty Kettwig, Luis Berrones, Jacob Shelstad, Isaac Sousa, William Karels, Jack Sandvig- not pictured: Karson Weber