This past weekend, members of the Marist chapters of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma, the National Honorary Band Fraternity and Sorority, earned top honors at the Northeast District Convention in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
The Marist Kappa Upsilon Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi received the 2017 A. Frank Martin Award for Top Chapter in the Northeast District. This award is a great honor, as it is given to the chapter that best exemplifies musicianship, leadership, and service throughout the academic year. The award is named for the Fraternity founder and First Grand President of Kappa Kappa Psi. Other schools that were up for this award include the University of Pittsburgh, University of Maine, Clarion University of Pennsylvania, and Virginia State University, amongst others. The chapter itself earned a District Chapter Academic Achievement Award for maintaining a chapter-wide grade point average of above a 3.0. Additionally, Senior Alyssa Tripi received the J. Lee Burke Student Achievement Award by the National Chapter. This honor is to recognize the service and leadership of outstanding members, and Marist is proud of Alyssa, who is the current chapter Vice President for Membership, for this outstanding achievement.
Marist’s Chapter of Tau Beta Sigma is the 2017 recipient of the Northeast District Counselors’ Award as well; chapters can become eligible by maintaining a good standing throughout the school year, submitting district and national paperwork in a timely matter, and surpassing their own measure of success. Other finalists for this high honor include chapters from University of Pittsburgh, Boston University, and the University of Virginia.
Finalists for these awards are selected through an intense application and presentation process. These processes are formally conducted at the annual Northeast District Convention, and it is the first time in over 15 years that two chapters from one school have been awarded the Top Chapter awards in one academic year!