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Spotswood High School Music Program Hosts Annual Banquet

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SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The Spotswood High School Music Department hosted their annual end-of-the year banquet on May 16 at the Spotswood High School Cafetorium. Spotswood High School Band Director Sarah Carino-Koza served as emcee for the event, which recognized the students in the school's Concert Band, Honors Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band and Pep Band.

Students must audition to be a part of the program's Honors Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band. The evening spotlighted the school's performance in April's Music in the Parks in Williamsburg, Virginia where the Concert Band, Honors Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band competed against other high school bands in North America.

The Jazz Band received a rating of excellent and placed fourth in Jazz Ensemble Class A while the Concert Band received a rating of excellent, placing first in Concert Band Class A II. The Honors Wind Ensemble received a rating of superior and placed second in Concert Band Class A I. The Honors Wind Ensemble's score of 94 was the highest score in the history of the Spotswood music program.

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Carino-Koza also took a moment to highlight each of the program's graduating seniors. The veteran music educator gave each senior a personal remembrance of their time in music program. In turn, the seniors had heartfelt words for their teacher as well as a noteworthy gift. Carino-Koza received a wall clock in the shape of a musical note for her music room to replace the two wall clocks that do not work.

Marin Bohinski, Matthew Chludzinski, Kaitlin Dwyer, Allie Gardner, Stephen Gardner, Alex Hartman, Sam Koniuszewski, Sarah Marotta, Joseph Mazzella, Thomas Newton, Jeanne Parrilla, Daniel Pinnella, Devin Ryan, Solomon Tyson, Krista VanWageninge, Sean Wesen and Adi Zacks will all be graduating in June. Many of the large group have spent four years in the music program.

The following students were honored with individual awards for the 2017-18 school year:

Outstanding Freshman: Max Swiderski, Emma Savarese, Lindsey Michaels
Outstanding Sophomore: Kiki Neves, Miranda Wells
Outstanding Junior: Octavia Mastroianni, Ami Coraggio, Jeremy Lalicon, Maia Revilla
Outstanding Senior:  Marin Bohinski, Sarah Marotta
 
Most Promising Freshman: Jada Fenner, Ben Leiby, Joe Perkins
Most Promising Sophomore: Kaysi Fajardo, Gabriela Zeron, Jenna Citro
Most Promising Junior: Ronald Contard, Emily Mosquera, 
Most Promising Senior: Joe Mazzella, Krista VanWageninge
 
Freshman Unsung Hero: Chloe Donelan, Colin Byrne
Sophomore Unsung Hero: Robert Kwiatkowski
Junior Unsung Hero: Michael Ciaccio
Senior Unsung Hero: Kaitlin Dwyer, Allie Gardner
 
Most Improved Freshman: Bobby Wehrle, Shannon Longmore
Most Improved Sophomore: Joey Fucci, Michael Olejarczyk
Most Improved Junior: Nicholas Komosinski, Isabella-Patrone-Black
Most Improved Senior: Alex Hartman, Sam Koniuszewski
 
Pep Band Achievement Award: Megan McCook
Excellence in Jazz Award: Sheliza Dollete, Alexis Faust
Maestro Award: Adi Zacks

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