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SWEEPSTAKES TIMES 3—


Photo courtesy Rockdale ISD Photo courtesy Rockdale ISD Rockdale High School’s Big Blue Band won the Sweepstakes Award, highest honor bestowed by the University Interscholastic League, after earning Division I (Superior) ratings in concert and sight-reading contests last Tuesday at Caldwell High School. Last fall, the Big Blue Band also earned a Division I rating in the UIL Marching Contest. Only bands with Division I ratings in all three competitions are given Sweepstakes Award. RHS Band has only earned Sweepstakes two other times, in 2003 and 1993. Pictured are (front row, l-r) RISD director of bands Adrian Acevedo, Alexis Garcia, Darienne Vargas, Selina Sappington, Natalie Wagner, Katy Salazar, Katelyn Hammond, Ashton Betchan, Emily Wagner, Brittany Llanas, Melanie Ibarra; (second row) Vanessa Gonzalez, Shay Davenport, Ryann Morgan, Nick Dhaliwal, Jake Land, Joey Montelongo, John Paul Erman, Sabrina Vargas; (third row) Shawn Waldrip, Nick Klecka, Jerry Vargas, Ariel Buentello, Jon Machac, Monica Million, Julianna Juarez, Mason Crump; (fourth row) Tyler Rodriguez, Mary Hartley, Geritt Davenport, Pio Castillo, Melinda Perez, Autumn Davenport, Emily Ibarra; (fifth row) Travis Sorenson, John Rivers, Derek Contreras, Henry Hill, Kandace Kocian, Travis King; (back row) Tyler Ellison, Lane Schweitzer, Kaley Dodd, Chris Vest, Tyler Land. Not pictured, Jennifer Zelaya, Sabrina Jones.


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