Each year the MISD confers its highest honor, Distinguished Student, on 14 seniors from each of McKinney’s three High Schools. More than just “good grades” go into the selection process. An over all commitment and dedication to one of seven different academic areas in addition to excellent grades are required of recipients.
This year the Royal Pride’s own Kailey Kelly was honored as an MISD Distinguished Student in the Fine Arts. Kelly is the current Royal Pride Band President, Clarinet section leader and an All–State Band Member. Playing in musical orchestra and teaching piano are only the tip of her musical inclinations. Kelly is also a National Honor Society Officer, and AP Scholar.
Kelly credits Ken Ringel, Director of Bands at MHS as her most inspirational mentor. Says Kelly, “For three years Mr. Ringel has been my director. His leadership and guidance has encouraged me to strive for perfection and find self-motivation. He has fueled my passion for music, ultimately inspiring me to fulfill my dream of teaching music.”
Kelly will attend the University of Texas at Austin in the Fall of 2011. She will Major in Music Education, of course. Continues Kelly, “Mr. Ringel has guided me in the honing of my music skills and has presented me with some amazing opportunities.”
While teachers will always tell us that their job is it’s own reward it is also true that most of us never say thank you or congratulations enough.
Thank you Mr. Ringel for encouraging, shepherding and inspiring your students.
Congratulations Kailey on four years of hard work. Good luck at UT. See you down the road where the horizon stretches long into the bright morning sun of your future.