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Five local Schools receive Honors for Music Education

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After reviewing the thousands of qualifying schools across the country, the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) awarded; Johnson City, Maine-Endwell, Owego-Apalachin, Vestal, and Windsor, the Best Communities for Music Education award.

583 school districts in the United States were recognized for their outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders who have made musical expression part of a well-rounded education.

Johnson City music department coordinator, Julie Beard, said districts who are honored are often held up as models for other educators looking to boost their own music education programs. And the fact that many JC educators stay after school hours, during their own time, to continue teaching their students a passion for the arts, makes a statement that music teachers want others to succeed.

"I think that says a lot about our staff here. Everybody here gives many, many hours outside of the school day to work hard for our students," said Beard.

Many students said they share a similar sentiment toward the JC music department. They said, "It's like being in a family."

Being honored for their achievements, high schoolers at Johnson City are feeling a sense of pride. Knowing they earned the award through hard work and persistence.

"[Music] finally gave me something that gave me worth," said Nate Young, senior

"It's definitely a great experience," said Rene Cortes, sophomore.