Golden Pride

Today's Cleburne High School senior night festivities preceding Cleburne’s faceoff with Burleson will include the presentation of candidates for the title of Mr. and Miss Golden Pride.

Graduating members of the band, football team, student trainer team, cheer squad and the Show Stoppers, and their parents, will be honored in ceremonies at 7 p.m.

Nominated by their fellow band members, the title of Mr. and Miss Golden Pride goes to two seniors who have been major contributors to the success of the band in their work ethic, performance and support of fellow members as four-year members of the Pride. They have also been dedicated to band’s motto of spirit, unity, trust and attitude.  

Candidates for Miss Golden Pride include Presley Cash, Valerie Garcia, Raeann Ortiz, Sierra Pugh and Mieko Smith. Mr. Golden Pride nominees are Mason Hill, Justin Stanley, Julian Vital, London Walker and Blake Wilson.

Cash began in the Pride’s clarinet section, moving to bass clarinet in her junior year. She has performed as a member of the Symphonic Winds I and Wind Symphony during concert season. 

As a junior, she advanced to the UIL Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest as a member of member of a clarinet quartet. She has served as uniform manager and librarian on the band’s Student Support Staff. Her CHS activities and organizations also include Spanish Club and HOSA-Future Health Professionals.

Following graduation, she plans to attend Stephen F. Austin State University to major in nursing, with a career as a labor and delivery nurse. She is now in her fourth year of performance in the Golden Pride Color Guard. 

As a freshman and sophomore, she was also a member of the JV Winter Guard, moving to varsity in her junior year. She is a Bandsman of the Week honoree and currently serves on the Student Leadership Team as a color guard captain. 

She is also a member of the National Spanish Honor Society, Beta Club and was a Homecoming Queen nominee. Following graduation, she plans on attending Hill College before transferring to The University of Arlington to major in nursing. 

Ortiz is a member of the Pride’s horn section and has performed in the Symphonic Winds I and Wind Symphony during concert season. As a sophomore and junior, she was recognized as a Bandsman of the Week. 

As a junior she advanced to the UIL State Solo and Ensemble Contest as a member of a horn quartet. She has served as a member of the Golden Pride Student Leadership Team as horn section leader her junior and senior years.

Her school activities also include Spanish Club, Interact Club, HOSA-Future Health Professionals, Beta Club and Nation Honor Society. She has received the CHS Academic Excellence Award since her sophomore year. Following graduation, she plans to attend college and major in health science with hopes of a career as a radiologist. 

Pugh is a member of the trumpet section, performing in the Wind Symphony during concert season. She has been playing in the CHS Jazz Band since her freshman year.  

In her first two years in the Pride she advanced to the UIL State Solo and Ensemble Contest, where her brass ensemble earned a 1st Division rating her sophomore year. She advanced to state a third time in her junior year, with a solo and as a member of a brass ensemble, receiving a 1st Division rating.

She earned a seat in the Texas Music Educators Association All-Region Concert Band as a sophomore and junior, and was named to the All-Region Jazz Band as a junior. She has served two years on the Student Leadership Team as a trumpet section leader. She is also a member of the National Honor Society. Following graduation, she plans to attend Texas A&M University-Commerce to major in music education with plans to become a band director.

Smith is a tuba player for the Golden Pride Band and as a freshman was a member of the Symphonic Band. She has since earned a seat in the Wind Symphony. 

She has been recognized as Bandsman of the Week each of the past two years. She advanced to the UIL Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest as a member of a brass ensemble as a freshman and on her tuba solo as a junior.  

Her activities at CHS also include Beta Club and National Honor Society.  Following graduation, Smith plans to attend Texas A&M-Commerce to major in biology. 

Hill performs in the Pride’s trumpet section and is also a member of the Wind Symphony and the Jazz Band. As a freshman, he advanced to the UIL Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest where he performed in a brass trio.  

As a sophomore, he advanced to state with a trumpet solo as well as with a brass quartet. As a third-year band member he performed at state with a trumpet solo and earned a 1st Division rating as a member of a trumpet trio.

As a junior, he earned a seat in the All-Region Jazz Band, the All-Region Concert Band and advanced to the area round of the All-State band auditions. This year he has already earned placement in the TMEA All-Region Jazz Band and advanced to the area round of auditions for the All-State Jazz Band.

In the 2018-19 school year, he was recognized as the band’s Outstanding Junior, Outstanding Brass Musician and Outstanding Jazz Musician. He has served on the Student Leadership Team as trumpet section leader for the past two years and currently holds the position of vice-president on the Band Council. 

He is a member of the Tri-M Honor Music Society, Texas Future Music Educators, National Honor Society, Beta Club and competes in UIL Academics in debate. Following graduation, he plans on attending the University of North Texas to double major in music education and music performance.

Stanley is a member of the band’s euphonium section and has performed in the Symphonic Band and Wind Symphony during concert season. As a junior, he advanced to the UIL Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest as a member of the tuba and euphonium quartet.  

Stanley currently serves on the Pride’s Student Support Staff as a member of the equipment crew. He also participates in SkillsUSA and competes in the Prepared Speech event. Following graduation, he plans to attend Texas A&M University to major in business law.

Vital is a member of the tuba section and during concert season has performed in the Symphonic Winds 1 and the Wind Symphony. His achievements include Bandsman of the Week honors all four years of marching season.  

As a sophomore, he performed a Class 1 solo at the UIL Region Solo and Ensemble Contest and earned a 1st Division rating. He also received the “Outstanding Symphonic Winds 1 Brass” award that year.  

As a junior, he advanced to the UIL State Solo and Ensemble Contest on his solo and with his tuba/euphonium quartet. He has served on the band’s Student Leadership Team as tuba section leader the past two years.

He is very involved at his church where he has volunteered at numerous events to help raise money for a variety of clubs/organizations throughout the community. Following graduation, he plans on attending Hill College to complete his basic studies before transferring to The University of North Texas to major in history or audio/visual production. 

Walker is a member of the trumpet section and also performs in the Wind Symphony. He is in his second year of membership in the Jazz Band trumpet section. 

He was recognized as a Bandsman of the Week his freshman, sophomore and junior years. Walker advanced to the UIL Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest with his ensemble as a freshman, his solo as a sophomore and both his solo and ensemble as a junior. 

He has been an active member of the Pride’s Student Leadership Team since he was a sophomore and has served as equipment manager, librarian, horn section leader and currently holds the position of Band Council secretary.

He has been the CHS Beta Club president for the Class of 2020 since he was a freshman. As a sophomore, he played on the Jackets JV soccer team as a defensive captain, moving to varsity as a junior. He has been a member of the student PSAT Team and National Honor Society. Following graduation, he plans to attend the University of Texas at Arlington to double major in marketing and management.

Wilson is a member of the band’s saxophone section and also performs in the Wind Symphony and Jazz Band. As a sophomore, he was recognized as an outstanding soloist for his performance with the Jazz Band at the Temple Jazz Festival and received the Woody Herman Jazz Award and Outstanding Sophomore Award at the Golden Pride end-of-year banquet. He is a four-year Bandsman of the Week honoree.  

He has advanced to the UIL State Solo and Ensemble Contest on his solo and with his ensemble each year, with his saxophone quintet earning a 1st Division rating in the 2019 competition. He has earned a seat in the TMEA All-Region Jazz Band each of the last three years.  

As a junior, he received the band’s Louis Armstrong Award. He is in his second year as saxophone section leader on the Student Leadership Team and is the 2019-20 Golden Pride Band President. 

He is a member of Beta Club, has been honored each year with the CHS Academic Excellence Award and serves on the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Committee. He plans to attend Texas A&M University-Commerce to major in music education.

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