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May 13, 2013

Vocal, music students of the year recognized

By Maria Allard
C & G Staff Writer

FRASER — Parents looked on with pride during a Fraser Public Schools Board of Education meeting May 6 as their children were recognized for their contributions, leadership and talent as members of the Fraser High School vocal and music programs.

During the meeting, Madison Nuss was honored as the instrumental music student of the year, and Benjamin Shadik, Jake Cross, Meagan Ferzo, Jared Montgomery and Nuss were acknowledged as the vocal music students of the year. All are seniors, expect for Montgomery, who is a junior. Fraser has a Performing Arts Center inside the high school.

FHS Band Director James Rodgers said Nuss has always been very “involved” and has “made tremendous contributions to the program through leadership and musicianship.”

Nuss, who plays a variety of instruments, has left her mark on the school’s marching band and symphonic band. She’s also a member of the Fraser Singers, and according to Rodgers, the talented musician “consistently” earned superior ratings at local Michigan School Band & Orchestra Association competitions.

“In 2012, she earned a nomination to perform in the All-State Honors Band,” said Rodgers, adding Nuss is on the FHS tennis team and in the National Honor Society. With a 3.62 grade point average, Rodgers said Nuss will pursue music education at Wayne State University.

“I want to be a high school band director,” she said.

During the meeting, FHS vocal music teacher Pasquale Pascaretti recognized all five students and offered insight into their accomplishments and plans.

“Meagan, she is an outstanding alto, an outstanding performer,” Pascaretti said. “She’s going to be a nurse. She also is a musician. Meagan is the kind of (student) you say, ‘Oh yes, I want her in my group.’ Meagan is going to Oakland.”

Pascaretti said Cross will study vocal music education at WSU and Shadik will major in music at Central Michigan University. He added Montgomery was selected to perform at the Michigan Youth Arts Festival this year.

According to www.fraservocal music.weebly.com, Montgomery received a score of
119 out of a possible 120 at the state festival to qualify. This year’s Michigan Youth Arts Festival was held May 9-11 at Western Michigan University.

During the meeting, School Board President Gerard Gauthier asked the students what was the highlight for them attending FHS.

“I’ve been here all four years so a highlight is kind of tough,” Cross said.

“I think the last concert will be the culmination of it all,” Shadik said. “That will be great.’

As members of the Fraser Singers, the students recently joined with other school choirs from throughout the country for a performance of the National Youth Choir at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Maria Allard at allard@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1045.