Jemison Band Seniors Cause Colleges to Tune-In to Talent
The students of the Jemison band say that the group is really an extended family, and most of the seniors also give credit to the rest of the students in the band. They all push each other to practice and to excel at everything they do. “We put in a lot of hard work,” says Quintyas Farrar, “and I’m pretty proud of everyone that’s in the band.”Mr. Pearson keeps a chart in his office with all the band seniors listed beside colleges and universities they have been accepted to, as well as dollar amounts of any scholarship offers they have received. The students are coming in every day to tell him about new schools they have received letters from, and lately it’s been happening so often that he struggles to keep up with it. He says that the experience was great for himself and for the parents, “but I love what it does for a child.” One such student had approached Mr. Pearson to tell him that they didn’t plan to attend college. “The very next day,” says Mr. Pearson, “they ended up receiving their admissions letter from Miles College, and it changed their whole world.”
In addition to acceptance at Miles College, several of the seniors have also been accepted at or received offers of academic scholarships to other schools.