Five students of Alvarado High School will be honored as Texas Music Scholars at an awards ceremony on May 10.

The students selected for this honor are Heather Duckworth, Kathryn Gaskill, Lerin Hoback, Layne Kight and Jessica Woodard.

They were nominated for this honor by AHS Choral Director Edward Smith. All five students are members of the AHS Honor Chorale.

The award is given by the Texas Music Educators Association, sponsor of the Texas All-State Bands, Orchestras and Choirs. Last year only 1,200 students were named Texas Music Scholars.

This award is given to students who have exhibited outstanding qualities in scholastic merit, musicianship and citizenship in their schools and communities during the 2006-2007 school year.

The Texas Music Educators Association, headquartered in Austin, is an association of over 10,000 music teachers whose goals are to support music education in Texas, provide professional growth opportunities for educators, foster support for music in schools and offer quality musical experiences for students.

Heather Duckworth is the daughter of Kay Duckworth of Alvarado. Duckworth is a senior at AHS where she has been active in both choir and band. This year she participated in the Dallas Opera Scholar program and was named to the All Region Choir. In May she will attend the Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest in Austin. This is the second year in a row Duckworth has been recognized as a Texas Music Scholar. She plans to major in music this fall at Texas Tech.

Kathryn Gaskill is the daughter of Randy and Karan Gaskill of Alvarado. She is in her senior year at AHS and has been a member of the choir program every year. In November, she sang with the All Region Choir and was an alternate to the fourth and final round of All State Choir auditions. Gaskill will participate in the Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest in Austin next month. She will begin her pursuit of a music degree at Stephen F. Austin University this fall.

Lerin Hoback is the daughter of Theresa McCready of Alvarado. In this her senior year, she has served as president of the AHS Honor Chorale. In addition to choir, she has been involved in athletics, playing on both the volleyball and softball teams. Hoback was selected to be a member of the All Region Choir last fall and she advanced all the way to the fourth and final round of All State Choir auditions. She will attend Tarleton State University on a music scholarship this fall.

Layne Kight is the son of Lance and Anita Kight of Alvarado. As a junior at AHS, he sings in the Honor Chorale and plays percussion in the Golden Warrior Band. This year he was selected for the All Region Choir, then went on to earn a spot in the prestigious All State Choir. Kight will participate in the Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest in Austin next month as both a soloist and a member of an ensemble. He has been honored as a Texas Music Scholar for three consecutive years.

Jessica Woodard is the daughter of David and Karol Woodard of Alvarado. She is a senior at AHS and has been actively involved in the AISD choir program since the seventh grade. Woodard was named to this yearís All Region Choir and in May will attend the Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest in Austin as both a soloist and a member of an ensemble. She will enroll at Tarleton State University this fall as a student in the schoolís Presidential Honors Program.