Designed for Ellis County high school juniors and seniors, the Waxahachie Symphony Association’s Belles & Beaus program raises students’ awareness of the symphony and provides them with an education in music appreciation, life skills and etiquette.
Below is the association's Belles & Beaus, Class of 2019:
Alexa Taylor Barron
Alexa is the daughter of Ruben and Amanda Barron. A junior at Waxahachie High School, she is a member of the Waxahachie varsity cheer squad and student council. She is in the National Honor Society and on the A&B honor roll. Alexa plans to pursue a nursing degree at the University of Texas in Austin.
Alexa has been on the Company Dance Team with Tammy’s Dance Center for nine years and has competed in Hawaii, New York City and Florida. She spends some of her spare time volunteering at Buffalo Creek Assisted Living Center and is an active member of the student ministries at The Avenue Church.
Through the Belles & Beaus program, Alexa said she “learned a lot about college applications” and enjoyed the interviewing for a job life lesson. She wishes to thank God, her parents, siblings, grandparents and her friends.
Ana Marie Herrin
Ana is the daughter of Randy and Wendy Herrin and a junior at Waxahachie High School. Upon graduation, Ana plans to attend college and pursue a degree in journalism.
She is a member of the WHS yearbook team and Interact Club. She has been a member of the varsity golf team for all three years of high school. The past two years, she made second team all-district and this year made regionals. Every summer, Ana attends Camp Sweeney in Gainesville for 21 days for type 1 diabetes.
She is active in the youth at The Avenue Church, helping with photography for the youth ministry and serving in the children’s area. She mentors junior golfers in a camp over the summer alongside coach Mike Harville.
Ana’s favorite Belles & Beaus activity was the interviewing skills and dressing for success life lessons. She believes the experience gave her valuable insight to help her in college and job interviews in the future. Ana would like to thank her parents for allowing her the opportunity to be a part of the Belles & Beaus program and for “always being there when I need them and never giving up on me.”
Benjamin Brigham Barker
Benjamin is the son of Ernie and Susan Barker. A junior at Waxahachie High School, he is a member of the WHS band and musical theater department. He plays the piano and bassoon, sings and composes music. Ben was honored in February to be named to the all-state jazz band and was ranked the No. 1 jazz piano player in the state of Texas. Recently, Ben was honored when the WHS Jazz Band played one of his original jazz compositions at the Texas Music Educators Association Conference in San Antonio.
During Belles & Beaus, Ben enjoyed the music history lesson presented by Dan Francis, who was his first band instructor at Howard Junior High School in the sixth grade. After graduation, Ben plans to study music at the University of North Texas in Denton.
Ben has enjoyed serving with his youth group of First United Methodist Church of Waxahachie on summer mission trips for the past four years. He would like to thank his parents, family and friends for always supporting him, and his educators for giving him great opportunities.
Claire Marie Beddingfield
Claire is the daughter of Travis and Shannon Beddingfield. She is a junior at Waxahachie High School and plans to attend Texas A&M University to pursue a degree in the medical field or marketing. Claire participates in broadcast journalism, musical theater, academic decathlon and Interact Club.
Claire is an active volunteer in the children’s ministry at First Baptist Church. She was the WHS cheer captain her freshman year and coronation duchess. She is a member of the National Honor Society.
During her time with Belles & Beaus, Claire enjoyed learning proper etiquette and interviewing skills. She wishes to “thank my momma and daddy for allowing me to be part of this program and my brothers for always having my back and pushing me to honor God and others with integrity and to be my best.”
Cole Russell Creech
Cole is the son of Rusty and Tish Creech and a junior at Maypearl High School. He plans to attend college and study political science.
Cole is on the varsity golf team, student council, prom committee, National Honor Society, FFA, Texas Youth and Government, National Student Leadership Conference for Political Science in Washington D.C., H.O.B.Y. Leadership Conference, rocket engineering and ag mechanics show.
Cole enjoys volunteering with prom setup, baseball concessions, Maypearl 4th of July, Maypearl Fall Festival and delivering meals for First Methodist Church. He participates in many leadership roles including student council, junior and sophomore class president and prom committee president.
He was honored to receive the H.O.B.Y Scholarship and to have served as a page for state Rep. John Wray. He received Rookie of the Year in golf, MVP in golf and was a Texas YG Bill Passer at the state level.
During his time in Belles & Beaus, Cole enjoyed the Christmas Symphony in Dallas and wants to thank his mother, father, brother and sister for their support.
Connor Jeffrey Ward
Connor is the son of Jeff and Rhonda Ward. He is a junior at Maypearl High School and plans to attend Tarleton State University and major in civil engineering. He is a member and team captain of the varsity football team and received all-district honors. He is a member of the National Honor Society, prom committee, varsity track and rocket/engineering team. He is a youth leader for Stonegate Church and a member of the athletic leadership group at Maypearl High School.
Connor has volunteered with Dunaway PTO and the Maypearl booster club, and was proud to be nominated as prom prince in 2019.
His favorite activity during Belles & Beaus was learning how to waltz. Connor would like to thank his mom and dad, Jesus Christ and Cole Creech.
Connor is the son of Mike and Deanna Mahlstead and a junior at Maypearl ISD. He plans to pursue a college degree in engineering after graduation.
He is an active member of the MHS golf team and Boy Scouts. He volunteers as an altar server at his church and is most proud of his leadership role as a senior patrol leader in the Boy Scouts. He has been inducted into the National Honor Society.
During his time in Belles & Beaus, Connor enjoyed the life lesson about interviewing skills and “most definitely enjoyed learning how to waltz.” He would like to thank Leslie Majors and Belinda Barker.
Davin Lee Lunsford
Davin is the son of James and Jessica Chambliss and a junior who recently moved from Waxahachie High School to McPherson High School.
He has been an active member of the theater and musical theater and was involved in UIL One Act Play his freshman and sophomore years. Through theater, he was awarded the Thespian Award two years in a row.
At his church, The Avenue, Davin has volunteered as a student leader and with the elementary children during Sunday worship. He has volunteered multiple times with the YMCA, particularly with the Santa Run benefiting the Miracle League.
After high school, Davin plans to attend the University of Texas in Austin, where he will double major in political science and law. He wants to complete his law degree at Harvard.
He said he came to know the benefits of finance and gained an understanding of patience through Belles & Beaus lessons.
He would like to thank his family, especially his mother, for the lifelong support in all he has done. He would also like to thank Mrs. Majors and Mrs. Stevens for hosting this year.
Elijah Cain Martinez
Elijah is the son of Katrina and Anthony Martinez and a junior at Waxahachie High School. Elijah is a two-year veteran on varsity football, plays Waxahachie baseball, is a member of the Chess Club and The Avenue Church. After graduation, he plans on playing college baseball while pursuing a career in physical therapy.
Elijah enjoys spending his free time at the baseball fields volunteering, from running the score board to helping out with Miracle League. He also helps his elderly neighbors with doing anything from yard work to whatever they may need assistance with. Elijah is honored to have been invited to play with a collegiate baseball team the past three summers. He has participated in the National Youth Leadership Forum: Engineering and Technology and has received multiple invitations from colleges to play ball.
Through Belles & Beaus, Elijah experienced the beauty of music, ballroom dancing, interviewing skills and etiquette class. He would like to thank God for this learning opportunity and his mother Katrina Martinez and grandparents Santos and Annette Villarreal for all of the support, love and sacrifice they bring to his life. He also wants to thank Hannah, John and Leslie Majors for encouraging him to join Belles & Beaus.
Erik Edward Jendrzey
Erik is the son of Edward and Elizabeth Jendrzey and a junior at Waxahachie High School. After graduation, he plans to major in accounting at Texas Tech University and then go into the military.
Erik is on the WHS baseball team and is involved in the Interact Club. He spends some of his spare time volunteering with the Waxahachie Miracle League, WHS craft fair, Saint Vincent De Paul and the Hachie 50.
Erik’s favorite Belles & Beaus activity this year was touring the new Waxahachie Police Department.
He would like to thank his parents for encouraging and always supporting him in everything he does and allowing him to participate in Belles & Baus. He also thanks Leslie Majors and her team who helped organize the program.
Garrett Ryan Roux
Garret is the son of Dr. Marc and Mary Roux and a junior at Waxahachie High School. He plans to attend college, preferably TCU, and then attend medical school. His extracurricular activities include JV golf his freshman and sophomore years, varsity golf his junior year, Teen School Board his sophomore and junior years, yearbook staff freshman through junior years, Interact Club and student council his sophomore and junior years. He is a member of The Avenue Church youth group and is most proud to have been on four international mission trips to Honduras.
Garrett was chosen as sports editor for the yearbook this year, awarded student council officer, named to the coronation court his sophomore and junior years and was in the top 10 students after completion of his sophomore year.
During his time with Belles & Beaus, Garret most enjoyed the interviewing class. He would like to thank his parents, brother and sister for always being supportive and encouraging.
Haley Elizabeth Pickett
Haley is the daughter of Greg and Emily Pickett and a junior at Waxahachie High School. She is a member of the musical theater for the past three years, choir, broadcast media staff, advanced theater, National Honor Society, Book Club, Interact Club, varsity swim team her freshman through junior years, UIL One Act Play, captain of the UIL Spelling Bee team and was nominated as vice president of the choir department.
She is proud that the UIL One Act Play advanced to state in 10th grade and to region in 11th grade. Haley was awarded Region 20 honor choir her freshman year, all-region choir her sophomore year, class one solo with highest score her freshman through junior years and the coaches choice award for the swim team.
Haley spends some of her time volunteering at Sims Library, has helped at Bethlehem Revisited for four years, participated with Ellis County Children’s Theatre and is an algebra tutor. She plans to attend Texas A&M University to major in chemistry.
Haley enjoyed the life lesson classes offered by the Belles & Beaus program, including the dinner and etiquette class and learning how to waltz. She would like to thank her parents and God for giving her so many opportunities.
Hannah Belle Stevens
Hannah is the daughter of Brian and Tiffany Stevens and a junior at Waxahachie High School. She is a member of WHS varsity cheer, WHS tennis, student council and Interact Club, and loves her summer job as a lifeguard and swim instructor at the YMCA. She is unsure of her college choice but plans on going to medical school and maybe one day traveling with Doctors Without Borders.
Hannah is active in her church and served the past four years on a mission trip to Honduras, lifeguarding at Daymark Living and volunteering with Special Olympics.
Hannah was nominated as junior class homecoming princess and inducted into the National Honor Society.
During her time with the Belles & Beaus program, she found the lesson on finances helpful and something she will “definitely use in the future.” She wishes to thank her mom and dad for always providing her with guidance and loving her.
Jackson Tate Bell
Jackson is the son of Rodney and Suzie Bell and a junior at Waxahachie High School. He is a member of the varsity golf team and plans to attend college, where he will pursue a degree in the music business.
He is a member of the youth at The Avenue Church and hopes to volunteer with the production team starting this summer. He enjoys composing original music/beats in his free time and is honored that some of his songs (“beats”) have been played for fans at the Runnin’ Indian basketball games. Jackson has served as a volunteer and role model at junior high golf tournaments and has helped staff set up vendor booths at various community charity events.
Jackson has enjoyed all of the Belles & Beaus activities, especially the interviewing skills and dressing for success life lessons. He would like to thank his mom, dad and sister Audrey for their support and encouragement.
Jaden Frank Patterson
Jaden is the son of Brian and Shelly Patterson and a junior at Waxahachie High School. Jaden plans to attend college and become a director and producer of film and TV shows. He is a member of the Technology Student Association team working on demand and video production.
Jaden is active in his church and serves as a stage actor for Backstreet at The Avenue Church. He enjoys tutoring, being a volunteer with the Ellis County SPCA and is a volunteer with the North Texas Food Bank.
Jaden was nominated as freshman duke for the Waxahachie coronation ceremony in 2017 and in 2018 was inducted into the National Honor Society. He was the lead actor for the UIL One Act Play that advanced to region and was awarded all-star cast five times.
During his time with the Belles & Beaus program, Jaden found the etiquette lesson “very helpful and thoroughly enjoyed learning the waltz” with his mom. He wishes to thank God, his parents, sister and grandparents.
Jordan Jell Beechum
Jordan is the son of Michael Beechum and Tracy Gragg and a junior at Waxahachie High School. Jordan plans to attend college and pursue a degree in psychology and play soccer at the collegiate level. He plays soccer for the 01 Boys Storm FC Team and is a member of the National Premier League and Super Y Soccer Leagues in addition to playing soccer for the WHS varsity men’s soccer team.
Jordan is a member of the National Honor Society and the upcoming captain for the WHS varsity men’s soccer team. He was crowned sophomore duke and junior prince with the WHS coronation. Jordan was honored with DFW Player of the Week as a sophomore and District 10-5A Co-offensive Newcomer of the Year and District 7-6A Co-Utility Player of the Year.
In his spare time, he enjoys helping his younger brother’s soccer team and volunteering at WHS track meets.
Jordan’s favorite activities in the Belles & Beaus program this year were the symphonies “because that was a brand new experience for me. I also liked the interview skills life lesson. I would like to thank my parents, grandparents, brothers and coaches for always supporting me.”
Kendal Lynn Barker
Kendal is the daughter of Jared and Belinda Barker. A junior at Maypearl High School, she plans to pursue a bachelor’s in science and nursing degree or attend medical school. She enjoys showing animals through the Maypearl FFA and managing varsity volleyball.
Kendal spends some of her spare time volunteering at Campfire Creek Therapeutic Riding Center as a horse handler and side walker and has been a National Honor Society peer tutor. She has also volunteered at Mansfield Methodist Medical Center and at North Central Surgical Center.
Kendal is a member of student council and has served as vice president for two years. She was a 2019 prom princess and a 2018 sophomore homecoming princess and FFA sweetheart. Kendal proudly received the top achievement of second highest GPA and A honor roll.
Through the Belles & Beaus program, Kendal was “able to learn how to waltz as well as to not salt my food prior to the initial tasting. In addition, I was able to obtain a greater understanding and appreciation for the symphonic arts. I would like to thank Mrs. Leslie Majors for orchestrating all Belles and Beaus events. Additionally, I would like to thank my mother, Belinda Barker, and all other parents and coordinators who enabled me to attain the experience I did from the program.”
Maddison Lea Majors
Maddison is the daughter of John and Leslie Majors and a junior at Waxahachie High School. She plans to attend either Texas Tech University or the University of Texas to pursue a degree in fashion design and retail merchandising.
Maddie has been a member of the varsity cheerleading team since her sophomore year. She has been involved in the student council for the past three years, Interact Club, yearbook staff and broadcast journalism. She has served as an officer for student council her sophomore year. She received the Rookie of the Year award in cheer her sophomore year and the coaches award her junior year.
She enjoys volunteering at The Avenue Church with the children’s ministry and the Be the Church program; she has been on three International mission trips to Honduras and one to Guatamala, and volunteers with Special Olympics.
During her year in Belles & Beaus, Maddie enjoyed the life lessons on etiquette and interviewing and had a great time learning to waltz. She would like to thank her parents for their love, support and encouragement in everything she does.
Madeline is the daughter of John and Erica Pritchett and attends Maypearl High School. After graduation, she plans to pursue a degree in agricultural education. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Maypearl FFA and yearbook staff, and spent much of her time the past 12 years in dance classes at Danceworks.
Madeline volunteers at various events at Dunaway Elementary and at Maypearl ISD.
Madeline is most proud of being inducted into the National Honor Society. Her favorite activity during the Belles & Beaus program was the etiquette class and she plans to use the job interview and dress for success lessons to help further her career in the future. She would like to thank her parents for their support.
Mark Anthony McLachlan II
Mark is the son of Mark and Theresa McLachlan and a junior at Waxahachie High School. He plans to attend a four-year university in San Antonio and major in biology. He is a member of the WHS men’s varsity soccer team, a Storm Futbol Club player and a member of HOSA – Future Health Professional.
Mark has spent time volunteering in HOSA public health fairs and assisting with elementary field days and the Waxahachie STEM Expo.
He has been honored as an Advanced Placement ambassador for Waxahachie High School and is captain of the WHS men’s 2019-20 soccer team. Mark has been awarded the principal’s honor roll his freshman and sophomore years, perfect attendance award, character award his freshman year, Practice Player of the Year award for varsity men’s soccer his sophomore year, all-district first team 5-A, National Honor Society member, all-district second team 6A and Indian Spirit Award for varsity men’s soccer his junior year.
Mark has enjoyed having the opportunity to experience and attend all of the performances provided by the Waxahachie Symphony Association. He said the life lessons were especially helpful in teaching him things he will use as a college student and young professional. He would like to thank his parents for supporting and encouraging him to excel in school.
Melody Taylor Green
Melody is the daughter of Greg and Starla Green and attends Waxahachie High School, where she is a junior. Upon graduation, she plans to study music at Stephen F. Austin University and pursue a career in music education.
She is a member of the WHS varsity chorale and show choir. She serves as secretary for the chorale and has been selected for the all-region choir the past three years. She is also active in the WHS Drama Department (black box and musical theater) and is a member of the International Thespian Society.
Melody actively partners with her mom and dad in ministering to foster children in their home.
On participating in the Belles & Beaus Program, Melody said she has loved the performances she has attended and found the information received from the college preparation event timely and useful. One of her favorite elements was the dinner and etiquette evening.
She would like to thank God for His grace and provision. In addition, she would like to express her gratitude to her mom and dad for always supporting her and creating opportunities for her to grow and enjoy her high school journey.
Meredith Stockman Fay
Meredith is the daughter of Mike and Monica Fay and a junior at Waxahachie High School. She plans to attend Texas Tech University and major in agriculture communications.
Meredith was on the WHS freshman volleyball team. As a sophomore, she played on the WHS JV golf team. She was honored to have been selected as a junior coronation court nominee to represent the WHS class of 2020.
She has been involved in the National FFA Organization for three years and participated in chapter conducting team as a freshman, sophomore and junior, with her team making it to state competition each year. Meredith has raised and shown pigs through FFA the past two years. She has exhibited at the Ellis County Youth Livestock Show and Rodeo as well as the San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo. She also has competed in and qualified for state in the ag communications and milk quality contests. She serves on the Waxahachie FFA Chapter officer team as sentinel and was chaplain her sophomore year.
Meredith has been a greeter at Bethlehem Revisited partnering with Central Presbyterian Church. She delivered Christmas dinners to shut-ins and helped package meals for Kids Against Hunger at First United Methodist Church. She went on two FUMC mission trips to Louisiana and Mississippi and helped rebuild homes of those in need.
During her time with Belles & Beaus, she enjoyed the dress for success and interview lessons and is excited to use the skills she learned in future interviews for college applications and employment opportunities.
Meredith thanks her parents, brothers and grandparents for always loving and supporting her during her school years and especially this year while she has been learning the finer points of the social graces through her participation in Belles & Beaus.
Molly Beth Echard
Molly is the daughter of Tom and Kelly Hale and a junior at Ovilla Christian School. Her plans after graduation are to play volleyball in college and pursue a nursing degree. She is active in volleyball, choir, track and youth worship team at OCS, and implemented a morning/weekly devotional group.
Molly has volunteered for the Waxahachie Downtown Merchants Association at various events downtown. She is captain of the school and club volleyball teams, serves on student council and was a part of Leadership Council.
She received many leadership awards in 2018 including academic all-state, team all-district setter, state championship all-tournament team, state championship team in TAPPS 2A and second team all Ellis County setter.
Molly most enjoyed the interview and dress for success activity life lessons in Belles & Beaus. She would like to thank her mom and stepdad, Kelly and Tom Hale, for their support and encouragement.
Ragan Dyess Ward
Ragan is the daughter of Trent and Patti Ward and a junior at Waxahachie High School. She plans to play college volleyball and pursue a degree in fashion merchandising and marketing. She is a member of the WHS varsity and club volleyball teams, student council, National Honor Society and Teen School Board.
Ragan has volunteered with Mums for Emily, Teen School Board service projects and goody bags for the Special Olympics bowling team. She was voted the varsity and club volleyball teams’ captain and was honored to be on the principal’s honor roll, as Setter of the Year and as second team all-district.
Ragan’s favorite activity during Belles & Beaus was the dance lessons. She would like to thank her parents for allowing her to participate and for supporting her with everything that she does.
Taylor Annelise Gonzalez-Love
Taylor is the daughter of Jeffrey Love and Laura Mosley and a junior at Waxahachie High School. After graduation, she plans to go to college, majoring in accounting and minoring in business.
During her time at Waxahachie High School, Taylor has been an active member of the WHS varsity cheer program since her sophomore year, along with the CSI Club and ASL Club. She is most proud of her and her cheer team placing fifth in the state 5A UIL competition and winning first in the band dance.
Taylor spends some of her time volunteering at the local food pantry and enjoyed helping in local toy drives during the holidays where they donated toys to orphans. She has volunteered at the Special Olympics for the past three years.
Taylor enjoyed the life lessons classes that taught valuable life skills and being with her friends while doing it. She would like to thank her family, parents, teachers and coaches.
William Pyron Deen
William is the son of Brad and Leslie Deen and is a junior at Waxahachie High School. He plans to attend the University of North Texas and major in media arts with a focus on film and cinematography.
William is a three-year veteran of the award-winning WHS Drama Department, where he is a leader. Will is in advanced theater and has participated in plays and musicals with roles such as Mr. Banks in “Mary Poppins” and Billy Flynn in “Chicago.” William has also been on the state finalist and regional finalist cast and crew of the UIL One Act Play teams in 2018 and 2019. William is the president elect of Interact Club, a member of the International Thespian Society and also a vital part of the broadcast media staff team. He received the Magellan Award in Destination Imagination.
William has dedicated time to serving children through the Ellis County Children’s Advocacy Center, A World For Children Child Placing Agency and Ellis County Children’s Theater. He has also volunteered for the Gingerbread Trail and for the WISD Education Foundation.
Through his experience with Belles and Beaus, Williams has learned the importance of incorporating different types of art through music and dance to enrich his life. He enjoyed learning about etiquette through the program.
William would like to thank his parents for their support: his mother for always keeping him organized and his father for always being there to support anything he does.