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April 16, 2018

‘He (Betancourt) helped me figure out that music education is where I belong in life. This weekend has become one of the highlights of my career as our paths cross again and I am so happy that our Nevada students were able to work with such a great educator ’ -Nick Jacques, MS All-State Band Chair Person for NMEA 

April 4, 2018

The inspiration for Hope Rising came in the days following the mass shooting of 17 individuals at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida on February 14, 2018. For almost two decades, I have watched in horror as mass shootings take place in our schools. Columbine High School (1999), Virginia Tech University (2007), Sandy Hook (2012), Umpqua Community College (2015), and Stoneman Douglas High School (2018) are some of the most memorial incidents, but all the shootings are tragic and a simple “google” search of school shootings in America produces an alarming and depressing list of incidents. I kept thinking, “This time it will change. Now people will have had enough. How can we continue like this?” Still, nothing changed. Time and time again, the cycle would just start anew: Mass shootings led to thoughts and prayers, which led to debates, which left it up to adults and leaders to affect change, which led to no changes, which led to complacency, which led to a few moments of so...

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