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GRAMMY tabs MIHS a Signature School semifinalist
The GRAMMY Foundation recently named Mercer Island High School as one of 123 nationwide GRAMMY Signature Schools semifinalists for 2014. Kamiak High School in Mukilteo and Ferris High School in Spokane were the only other schools from Washington state selected as semifinalists.
“We are incredibly proud of the education program delivered by our music department as well as the success of our talented music students,” said Mercer Island School District Superintendent Dr. Gary Plano in a release. “This is a tremendous honor for the whole Mercer Island community.”
Created in 1998, the GRAMMY Signature Schools program recognizes top U.S. public high schools that are making an outstanding commitment to music education during an academic school year. The selection process for GRAMMY Signature Schools begins each year in August when the GRAMMY Foundation mails notification to more than 20,000 public high schools, requesting information about each school's music program. Applications are completed and submitted online in October. After the applications are scored, finalists are identified and asked to submit additional documentation, such as recordings of school concerts, sample concert programs and repertoire, which is then reviewed by an independent blue-ribbon committee of top music educators and professionals to determine the schools that merit GRAMMY Signature School status.
In mid-March 2014, the GRAMMY Foundation will announce the finalists for the GRAMMY Signature Schools program. These schools will receive a custom award and a monetary grant ranging from $1,000 up to $15,000 to benefit their music program. The top programs are designated Gold recipients. The best of the Gold recipients is designated the National GRAMMY Signature School. The remaining schools are designated GRAMMY Signature Schools.