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His service activities included, among others, assisting the organization “Be Concerned” (2019), National Honor Society (2019-2020), and Isaiah House (2017-2021), an organization that provides groceries for underprivileged families.

As one teacher wrote, “Nick has been a mature leader for the Beechwood Band Program and has always conducted himself in a manner that would bring pride to the program. He mentors younger students while working very hard to perfect his individual musical skills.”  Another writer wrote, “Nick is an incredibly respectful and enjoyable human being who spreads positivity to all around him. He excels in the classroom and possesses an incredibly kind and gentle personality.”

Upon receiving the award, Nick remarked, “Sarah was a person who loved music. She was also unselfish, kind, and compassionate to others and believed in the goodness in others. I am honored that the scholarship committee recognized me for this award and, as importantly, am proud to be among those students that this scholarship has supported over the years.”

On behalf of the Beechwood Band Boosters, President Matt Thompson added, “We are pleased to have this scholarship to promote purposes and qualities of character, musicianship, and academic achievement in our students.  It is always a challenge, however, to select one student from so many fine candidates.”

In the photo of the 2021 scholarship presentation, which appears in the upper right-hand corner of this article, the individuals are from left to right: Beechwood Director of Bands Austin Bralley, award recipient Nick Izor, President of the Beechwood Band Boosters Matt Thompson, and Joe Menez.

The Sarah E. Menez Memorial Scholarship was established in 2014 by the Beechwood Band Boosters in association with Joseph Menez to honor the memory of his late wife Sarah Menez.  One scholarship is awarded annually for tuition assistance to a senior attending Beechwood High School who has best represented the personal qualities of Sarah Menez, musicianship, academic promise and who has been accepted at an accredited college or university.

To learn more about the scholarship, visit or contact Beechwood Bands Director Austin Bralley at (859) 331-1220.  Contributions to the Sarah E. Menez Memorial Scholarship are welcome and can be donated to the Beechwood Band Boosters as a gift designated for the Sarah E. Menez Memorial Scholarship.  The Band Boosters mailing address is 54 Beechwood Road, Ft. Mitchell, KY  41017.

The Beechwood Band Boosters is a non-profit IRC 501(c)(3) organization that was established to assist Beechwood’s Bands and directors with their programs and projects; to lend financial assistance to the bands for co-curricular and extracurricular activities; and to promote a culture of excellence and exquisite musicianship. 

Beechwood Independent School District provides a co-educational public education for 1,200 students in grades K through 12.  Its elementary and high schools are integrated into a single campus in Ft. Mitchell, KY.  The School District is known for high academic achievement and excellence in extracurricular activities.  The high school is nationally ranked among America’s best public high schools by Newsweek and U.S. New and World Report.  Both the high school and elementary school are recognized as a National Blue-Ribbon School of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Education.  More information is available at

Nick Izor Awarded Sarah E. Menez Memorial Scholarship

On May 12, 2021, at the Beechwood High School Senior Awards program, the Beechwood Band Boosters announced that Nick Izor was the 2021 Sarah E. Menez Memorial Scholarship recipient.

Nick was a member of the Beechwood Marching Tigers (2018-2020) and leader of the low brass section (2020), the KMEA State Championship Marching Tigers (2019), and the Beechwood Marching Tigers National Class A Bands of America Semifinalist (2019). Additionally, he was selected for Northern Kentucky Select Band (2020, 2021), the KMEA All-State Jazz Band where he held 1st chair Bass Trombone (2020, 2021), University of Louisville Honors Wind Ensemble (2020). And lastly, he was recognized as a Beechwood High School Academic Club Member (2017-2020), and a has received a full music scholarship to the University of Louisville.

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