Meridian Public Schools

3303 N. M–30, Sanford, Michigan 48657
p. (989) 687–3300 f. (989) 687–3309

March 14, 2017

To Whom It May Concern:

This letter is on behalf of Sarah Jacobs. Sarah has been a student in my band for the past eight years. During
this time she has demonstrated many fine qualities rarely found in students her age. However, her passion to
succeed greatly outweighs the many fine attributes she possesses.

While a student at Meridian High School, Sarah was involved heavily in the music program. She participated in
the jazz band, marching band, pep band, and also the symphonic band. While a member of these ensembles,
Sarah helped lead the symphonic and jazz bands to several first division performances, as well as performed at
the Detroit Jazz Festival three times – an international jazz festival featuring the top professional jazz musicians in
the world. Perhaps Sarah’s greatest accomplishments came however when no one was looking. Sarah has a soft
heart for those who are struggling in class and she is quick to offer kind words and suggestions for improvement
to help build the confidence of the young musicians in her section. These immeasurable qualities set Sarah
apart from many of her peers.

Outside of school, Sarah has maintained a healthy diet of extra-curricular activities. She was a member of several
organizations, most notably the Robotics team. In addition to extra-curricular activities, Sarah has also been a
stellar student at Meridian Early College High School.

Sarah’s level of maturity is well beyond that of an average high school senior. Sarah continues to amaze me with
the fine talents she adds to our school district. It has been my privilege to teach Sarah, and I sincerely hope that
she has learned as much from me as I have from her. For these reasons, I wholeheartedly recommend Sarah
Jacobs. She will represent you with pride.


Matthew W. Shephard
Director of Bands

Aware. Eligible. Prepared.