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May 20, 2019

Ashley Mullins Awarded Sarah E. Menez Memorial Scholarship

On May 15, 2019, at the Beechwood High School Senior Awards program, the Beechwood Band Boosters announced that Ashley Mullins was the 2019 Sarah E. Menez Memorial Scholarship recipient.

Ashley was a member of the Beechwood Marching Tigers (2016-2018); the Beechwood Jazz Ensemble (2016-2019) where she held the 4th, then 2nd and now 1st chair trumpet; the Beechwood Jazz Lab (2016-2017); the KMEA State Championship Marching Tigers first place (2016), 2nd place in 2017, and 3rd place in 2018.  She was President of the French Club (2017-2018) and a member of the Spanish Club (2016-2019), and Spanish Honors Society (2016-2019).  She was a member and new archer mentor in the Archery Club making KHSAA State in 2014 and NASP State in 2015-2018.  From 2014-2017 she was a member of the Art Club working in different mediums.  And lastly, she was a member of the National Junior Honor Society (2016-2017).

As one teacher wrote, “Ashley is an extraordinary young woman.  She possesses determination and a love for learning…”  Another teacher noted, “She is giving, forward-thinking, intelligent and kind-hearted.”

Upon receiving the award, Ashley remarked, “Sarah Menez's love of music and the arts, as described in her bio, make her someone I wish I had the chance to know. I plan on using the scholarship to fund my continued involvement in music programs throughout college, including UC's marching band.

On behalf of the Beechwood Band Boosters, President Mike James 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 2019 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 Ashley Mullins, President of the Beechwood Band Boosters Mike James, 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