Congratulations to the 2019 SBO essay contest winners and their school music programs. This year’s essay question: “What role had your music program played in bringing you closer to your schoolmates, friends and the community at large?”

SBO 2019 Essay Contest Winners

Grades 4-8

  • Byron Lee (Music Central), Ella Fogle, Jed Manire.
    Ella Fogle
  • Grade 8
  • Age 13
  • Utica, KY 42376
  • College View Middle School
  • 5061 New Hartford Road
  • Owensboro, KY 42303
  • Music Teacher: Jed Manire
  • Tim Dawson, Avi Maun, and Candi Granlund, Director of Bands at Sycamore.
    Avi Maun
  • Grade 8
  • Age 13
  • Carmel, IN 46032
  • Sycamore School
  • 1750 W 64th Street
  • Indianapolis, IN 46260
  • Music Teacher: Candi Granlund
  • Matt King(Art’s Music Shop), Madison Thompson, Coleman Woodson Jr.
    Madison Thompson
  • Grade 7
  • Age 13
  • Montgomery, AL 36117
  • Floyd Middle Magnet School
  • 215 Hall Street
  • Montgomery, AL 36104
  • Music Teacher: Coleman N Woodson Jr.
  • Sarah Wheeler
  • Grade 7
  • Age 12
  • Alvaton,KY 42122
  • JW Music Studios
  • 5966 Scottsville Road Ste 2
  • Bowling Green, KY 42104
  • Music Teacher: Julianna Walker
  • L to R: Davis High School (CA) & Holmes Jr. High Orchestra Director, Angelo Moreno; Essay Award Winner, Emily Xia; Watermelon Music Owner, Jeff Simons.
    Emily Xia
  • Grade 8
  • Age 13
  • Woodland, CA 95776
  • Holmes Junior High School
  • 1220 Drexel Drive
  • Davis, CA 95616
  • Music Teacher: Angelo Moreno

SBO 2019 Essay Contest Winners

Grades 9-12

  • Mr and Mrs Bell observe scholarship presentation to their son, Caleb Bell, a senior at Dell City ISD, TX. Music teacher Drew Stuart congratulates Caleb as former music teacher Jacob Walston and school principal Carlos Contreras look on.
    Caleb Bell
  • Grade 12
  • Age 17
  • Dell City, TX 79837
  • Dell City ISD
  • 110 North Main
  • Dell City, Texas 79837
  • Music Teacher: Jacob Walston
  • Katherine Heath
  • Grade 11
  • Age 16
  • Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304
  • Bloomfield Hills High School
  • 4200 Andover Road
  • Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302
  • Music Teacher: Alan Posner
  • Deedee Hernandez
  • Grade 12
  • Age 18
  • Chelsea, MA 02150
  • Chelsea High School
  • 299 Everett Avenue
  • Chelsea, MA 02150
  • Music Teacher: Shannon Sullivan Chick
  • Marta Lukomska
  • Grade 12
  • Age 17
  • Chatsworth, CA 91311
  • Cleveland Charter High School
  • 8140 Vanalden Avenue
  • Reseda, CA 91335
  • Music Teacher: Cameron Yassaman
  • Hadassa Morais
  • Grade 12
  • Age 17
  • Coral Springs, FL 33065
  • Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
  • 5901 Pine Island Road
  • Parkland, FL 33076
  • Music Teacher: Alex Kaminsky

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