Barbie Duncan, Becky Kulis join Mingus Connection board

Sonny Zale, President of Mingus Connection, Mingus Union High School's Foundation, announced that Barbie Duncan and Becky Kulis have been selected as new board members at the annual meeting in November.

At this meeting there was a review of the grant process for 2016, a financial update and formation of a investment committee.

A new donation source has allowed the awarding of $21,063 dollars in areas of science, career and trade classes and visual and performing arts.

With these funds the drama class purchased microphone transmitters and new powered monitors of which over 200 students benefit directly from this new equipment and also the audience which number in the thousands.

These items are durable and will hold up over time. Students will be able to hear in the dressing rooms, pit orchestra, back stage, and the green room for every show forward.

The marching band obtained a marching podium and were much better able to play and march as is seen in the ratings of 'Good' from the Prescott Invitational in October, and 'Superior' rating at the Holbrook Invitational in November.

A heavy duty vertical band saw, plasma CAM software for the students computers and upgraded torch heads for four of the plasma cutters were purchased with these funds. Several hundred students will master workforce skills with this equipment.

The Northern Arizona Outstanding Teacher Awards for 2014 were Mike Westcott, Craig Mai, Mike Boysen, and Jason Teague.

This recipients for 2015 were Uma Mahendran, Tim Kessel, Dennis Kitchen and James Ball. Each teacher nominated went through a rigorous selection process by a committee composed of community members, administration and peers. Recipients of this award received $1,000 each.

Scholarships held by the Foundation were awarded at the 2015 spring school's honors assembly amounted to $20,000. All scholarships are for Mingus students seeking a post secondary education. Some scholarships designate the school a student must be accepted and attending in the fall but others allow the students to choose where their awards will be used. An example of this is the Betti Marie Lindner Miller Scholarship which awards $1,000 to a male and female planning on attending the UofA but the Northern Arizona Scholarships which awards five $2,000 scholarships allows the students to use these monies at any accredited post secondary school.

Mingus Connection was formed in 1991 to promote, support and improve educational programs at Mingus Union High School. This non-profit organization offers all the tax benefits available to individuals wishing to support Mingus Union High School, its programs and students. Donations may be sent to Mingus Connection, c/o Mingus Union High School, 1801 East Fir Street, Cottonwood, AZ 86326. If you have questions about us or how you may help, please write to P. O. Box 1071, Clarkdale, AZ., 86324 or call 928 300.9270.

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