This award has been established by the Dawson family in memory of Mike Dawson (1962-96), Paris High School Class of 1980. The award will be presented annually to a junior or senior jazz band member(s) who best fulfills the criteria listed below.
CRITERIA FOR THE AWARD
COMMITMENT and DEDICATION - The award recipient possesses a desire to succeed and a strong work ethic towards self-improvement as demonstrated through attendance, punctuality, and preparedness for all jazz rehearsals and performances. Additionally, he/she is a contributing and active member of the total band program.
LEADERSHIP - The award recipient possesses a spirit of enthusiasm and cooperation. His/her influence on other musicians through words and actions is always of a very positive nature.
MUSICIANSHIP - The award recipient is more than a competent section player and soloist. He/she has developed a high level of understanding in jazz interpretation which serves to inspire the performance of the total ensemble.
ACADEMICS - The award recipient is a student in good standing, on track for graduation.
1997 Darrin Johnson
1998 Jason Butler
1999 David Barnhart
2000 B.J. Bellerud & Cam Walls
2001 Kristin Dilts & Becky Dixon
2002 Clint Duzan
2003 Travis Bayler, Bill Heinrich, & Cam Wright
2004 Ryan Clawson, Nathan Warren, & Kevin Wright
2005 Heath Erwin
2006 Adam Clawson & Ryan Imel
2007 Adam Dawson
2008 Kendall Brazelton & Chris Jones
2009 Dustin Woltman
2018 Hadon Board
2019 Aubrey Sanders