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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