Tri-M® Chapters of the Year Share Music and Serve the Community

MENC announced the 2010–2011 Tri-M® Music Honor Society Chapter of the Year awards. Tri-M is the international music honor society for secondary school students.

The winning chapters and runners-up receive awards from MENC to use for student music enrichment programs. Each Chapter of the Year school receives $1,000, and the runners-up receive enrichment funds as well.

The Senior Division Chapter of the Year is Eugene Ashley High School in Wilmington, North Carolina. Jennifer Sugerick, the chapter advisor, said, “The 32 students from band, chorus, and orchestra are not only outstanding students academically, but all are fantastic musicians, and all participate in extracurricular activities.”

Among other activities, the chapter raised money to send recorders to a school in South Africa and partnered with a middle school Tri-M chapter to hold an induction ceremony for new members.

The Junior Division Chapter of the Year is Whitley County Middle School in Williamsburg, Kentucky, advised by Glenn Cotterell. Cottrell said, “Whitley County ranks among the 100 poorest counties in the United States by median household income according to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau.”

In 2005, Kentucky ranked 48th among the 50 states in the percentage of people age 25 and older who have a high school diploma or its equivalent, Cottrell said “Unfortunately, the county where our students reside is 11percent below even the state average.” He added, “Despite the low socioeconomic status of our Appalachian region, our students are highly motivated to learn and compete at a high level.”

The Whitley County chapter conducted a food and coat drive and excelled at musicianship as well. Each chapter member is required to compose and perform an ensemble piece.

More than 5,000 Chapters

The Chapter of the Year award recognizes students for their academic and musical achievements and rewards them for their accomplishments and service activities. There are more than 5,500 chapters in the United States and elsewhere.The runners-up were:

Senior Division
First Runner-Up: Villa Maria Academy, Malvern, Pennsylvania, Joyce Prichard, advisor
Second Runner-Up: Herricks High School, New Hyde Park, New York, Anissa Arnold, advisor

Junior Division
First Runner-Up: Lakewood Middle School, Salina, Kansas, Lindsey Modin, advisor
Second Runner-Up: Ranney Middle School, Tinton Falls, New Jersey, Lillianne Torrente, advisor

Roz Fehr, August 9, 2011. © MENC: The National Association for Music Education