Fremd Senior Athletes Recognized for Scholarships, Collegiate Teams on National Signing Day

Students at Fremd High School sign certificates that honor their letters of intent for NCAA Division I and II collegiate teams and athletic scholarships.
From left to right: (Bottom) Kayleen Samuels, Christine Piasecki, Michelle Mottonen, Michelle Mazur, Amanda Matasumoto, Angela Kim, Breanna Anderson, Kelly Breen, Brian Jestice. (Top) Coach Newby, Coach Keller, Coach Weaver, Coach Vlaming, Coach Kittrell, Coach Anderson, Coach Marcin, Coach Piggot.

While several students are preparing to leave their high school sports teams for college, nine seniors at William Fremd High School celebrated their athletic scholarships and future spots on NCAA Division I or II collegiate teams.

Students at Fremd High School participated in National Signing Day for collegiate sports on Feb. 6. Although the celebration is historically for seniors signing letters of intent for NCAA football teams, Fremd High School honors any student who received a Division I or II athletic scholarship.

The following Fremd High School seniors earned athletic scholarships and will be playing collegiate sports in the fall:

Breanna Anderson, swimming, St. Louis University

Kelly Breen, Cross Country/Track, University of Iowa

Brian Jestice, Baseball, University of Evansville

Angela Kim, Golf, Valparaiso University

Amanda Matasumoto, Softball, Charleston Southern University

Michelle Mazur, Softball, Georgia Southern University

Michelle Mottonen, Soccer, Texas Christian University

Christine Piasecki, Soccer, Clarke University

Kayleen Samuels, Swimming, Ashland University

On National Signing Day, these students received certificates from Fremd High School, which they signed in front of teachers, coaches, peers, parents, and administrators. Although other students from the school will play sports at the collegiate level, only students who received NCAA Division I or II scholarships were recognized for their achievements.




Fremd High School Band Performs in Florida During Winter Break

115 Fremd Band students performed with fifteen other high school bands in the Outback Bowl Half-time Show.

115 Fremd Band students performed with fifteen other high school bands in the Outback Bowl Half-time Show.

Band students from William Fremd High School had the opportunity to perform in Florida during their winter break the last week of December.

115 students from the band program performed in Tampa and Orlando, Fla.  The Fremd “Florida Band” consisted of freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors enrolled in the school’s four symphonic bands.  Band Director Matthew Moore and eleven parent chaperones accompanied the students on the trip.

Fremd Florida Band performed in the Disney World Magic Kingdom “Electric Light Parade” in Orlando, and also participated in Disney’s “You’re Instrumental”

Members of the Fremd Florida Band participate in the Disney World "You're Instrumental" Recording Studio Workshop on December 28th.

Members of the Fremd Florida Band participate in the Disney World “You’re Instrumental” Recording Studio Workshop on December 28th.

Recording Studio Workshop.  During the two-and-a-half hour educational workshop, the band learned about demands of recording Disney movie soundtracks — recording seven different selections.  The workshop concluded with the band recording two minutes of Disney’s Tarzan, with their performance synced up to the movie’s animation.  Moore said students enjoyed working with the Disney Band Director/Clinician, who is originally from Plainfield, Ill., and attended Western Illinois University.

After performing in Orlando, the Fremd Florida Band traveled to Tampa and participated in numerous musical events with the Outback Bowl.  The Fremd Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, and Jazz Ensemble all received educational clinics from the Outback Bowl’s three college band directors – Dr. Richard Miles from Morehead State University,  Dr. Larry Blocher from Troy University, and Dr. William Rapp from Kutztown University.

Aileen Jong and Katie Klonder lead the Fremd Viking Marching Band in the Disney World "Electric Light Parade" on December 27th.

Aileen Jong and Katie Klonder lead the Fremd Viking Marching Band in the Disney World “Electric Light Parade” on December 27th.

The Fremd Florida Band also participated in the Outback Bowl New Year’s Eve parade in Ybor, Fla.  The students performed to a large and enthusiastic crowd of University of Michigan and South Carolina fans during the 1.5 mile parade route.  Additionally, the band was awarded third place in the large band division for the Parade Marching Competition.

On New Year’s Day the Fremd Florida Band combined with fifteen other high school marching bands to perform in the mass half-time band at the Outback Bowl game.  The half-time show featured 2,200 students performing a six minute “Beach Medley” and “Armed Forces Salute” for the crowd.

Fremd High School Band trumpet players Brian Jestice and Hannah Kuhl perform during half-time of the Outback Bowl in Tampa, Florida.

Fremd High School Band trumpet players Brian Jestice and Hannah Kuhl perform during half-time of the Outback Bowl in Tampa, Florida.

 

While in Tampa, the Fremd Bands received the following awards and recognitions at the festival:

Jazz Ensemble – Gold Rating, 1st place in large band division, Grand Champion Award (highest point total)
Wind Symphony – Gold Rating, 1st place in large band division
Symphonic Band – Silver Rating, second band division
Viking Marching Band – Gold Rating, 3rd place in large band division (Parade Marching Competition)