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Maison Brandt Selected for NAfME!

Byron High School Choir is proud to announce that Junior Maison Brandt was selected for the NAfME (National Associate for Music Educators) All-National Honor Choir.  Maison submitted an audition recording in May and was notified in July that ne was selected to the ensemble.  The criteria for audition was that each student had to be a member of their State’s All-State ensemble.  Maison was a member of Illinois All State Choir last January. This year’s event was held in Maryland at the Gaylord Hotel.  The 200-member honor choir rehearsed for three days and held a final concert.  The other ensembles on the program included a modern band group, guitar ensemble, concert band, and orchestra.  The choir was under the direction of Frances Fonza.  She is the Director of Worship and Arts at Mt. Ennon Baptist Church in Clinton, Maryland, and is on faculty at Stephen F. Austin State University where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in music education. When asked, before the event, Maison said: “I’m very excited for the opportunity to sing in the All National Honor Choir.  This experience will be amazing, and I want to thank Mrs. Harn for everything that she has done to get me to this point in my music journey.” 

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  • Enrollment Number Total number of students enrolled is 489.
  • boardoftrustees Class Sizes Average number of students per class is 15.
  • Student Mobility Student who transfer in or out of school between the first day of October and the last school day of the year is 5%.
  • applebooks Teacher Retention Of full time teachers, 81.9% return to the high school year to year.
  • 1-to-1 Computing All students are issued a laptop for accessing curriculum, producing products of learning, and honing 21st Century skills.
  • gradcap Four Year Graduation The percentage of student who graduate Byron High School within 4 years is 92%. The state rate is 86%.
  • Beyond Academics Outside the classroom, students participate in 20 athletic teams and 13 activities.
  • Advanced Academics & Career Development A total of 2 Dual Enrollment, 8 Honors, and 8 Advanced Placement courses are offered. As part of Illinois’ Career and Technical Education (CTE) program, 36 courses are also offered.

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