Counseling / Guidance / National Merit Recognition – Commended Students by Montgomery Township High School (mtsd.k12.nj.us)

Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2019 competition by taking the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

Last night we attended our final Montgomery High School Bands Spring Concert. Our daughter and our youngest, Kiran, is graduating this summer and in the fall will start attending Oberlin College and Conservatory in Oberlin, Ohio. Oberlin, where she will be studying the classics, awarded her a scholarship.

Montgomery High School Wind Ensemble —FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (55 mm, 0.002 sec at f/5.6, ISO12800), © Khürt L. Williams

Kiran started with the High School Band program in her freshman year, qualifying and playing with the marching band. She initially played alto saxophone but switched to baritone saxophone. She was very excited to be in the band. She had challenges making friends in high school, but the band provided her with a home. She worked hard and eventually became a band captain. She loved giving back, volunteering to play in any band program for which she qualified. She played in the Marching Band at football games, the Stage Band, the pit band at high school plays, the Wind Ensemble for concert performances, and marched with the band during Veteran’s Day observances at Montgomery Park.

Montgomery High School Wind Ensemble —FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (55 mm, 0.008 sec at f/5.6, ISO4000), © Khürt L. Williams

Last night during her the final performance with the Wind Ensemble, she introduced the piece of music the musicians were about to perform. The music, Unquiet Hours, was composed by David Biedenbender. The musicians dedicated their performance to mental health and Kiran was chosen to explain to the audience the challenges of mental health and the reason why the band decided to dedicate their performance to mental health.

—FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (55 mm, 0.009 sec at f/5.6, ISO12800), © Khürt L. Williams
Kiran talking about mental health and introducing the next pice of music, _Unqiet Hours_. —FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (55 mm, 0.011 sec at f/5.6, ISO12800), © Khürt L. Williams

Last night after the final performance with the wind ensemble and stage band, the band program director, Mr. Adam Warshafsky, announced that some of the band students had were awarded National Merit Scholarships. We were pleasantly surprised to learn that our daughter, Kiran, was one of them.

We are so proud of her and what she has accomplished for herself.

Montgomery High School Band Graduating Seniors —FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (16 mm, 0.010 sec at f/5.6, ISO12800), © Khürt L. Williams
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