Our Student of the Week is Hannah Jung. Hannah is an eighth grader at Buford Middle School and is an integral part of the Band of Wolves at BMS. Joining the Buford City Schools family halfway through her fifth grade year, Hannah used her musical skills to jump in and become a major contributor to the band program starting in the sixth grade. Last year, Hannah received the high honor of being selected for the Georgia All State Band on flute, a remarkable feat for a seventh grader.
“Hannah is one of the best flute players in Gwinnett County and sixth in the state,” said Mrs. Kathy Mason, Hannah’s band teacher at BMS. “On top of that, she volunteers at school every day to help sixth grade beginners in my Flex class.”
At only 13 years old, Hannah comes by her musical prowess honestly; each member of her family plays a musical instrument. Her dad, James, also plays the flute, guitar and piano and sings, and her mother, Esther, plays the piano. Her brothers, 9-year-old Daniel who attends Buford Senior Academy and 5-year-old John who attends Buford Elementary, both play cello. Hannah’s 11-year-old sister Elizabeth is in sixth grade at Buford Middle and plays oboe and violin — in fact, on Saturday, Oct. 16, Elizabeth passed the first cut for All State Orchestra on violin — the only sixth grader at BMS to do so.
An honor roll student, Hannah briefly played soccer and stays physically fit, and she is already well on her way to representing Buford’s AAA Excellence branding as a standout in fine arts at BMS, where she is a member of the jazz, symphonic and concert bands. Outside of school, Hannah studies privately with Dr. Katherine Emeneth.
“Hannah is an inspiration to the students around her,” Mrs. Mason said. “She is one of the most musically gifted students I have ever taught. Even as a seventh grader, she possessed a maturity beyond her age. I feel lucky to have the opportunity to teach her.”
“Band has been most influential for me,” Hannah said. “Band was the reason for me to start playing flute. That decision changed my life.”
Hannah hopes to one day get into Juilliard and wants to be remembered by our community as a hard-working student who helps others achieve their goals.
Here is what Hannah’s teachers have to say about her:
“Hannah is a very responsible student who shows a lot of initiative! She is very conscientious — she always does her work and her best on her assignments. She is a good friend and looks out for those who need help. She volunteered to help 6th grade Band students knowing she may have work to complete outside of school. She is an excellent, well-rounded student and a great person!”
— Allison Webster, BMS science teacher
“Hannah is a dedicated and enthusiastic musician. She loves playing the flute, and I am always impressed by how prepared she is for lessons and her accelerated progress as a musician. Hannah’s got it all: brains, talent, and a kind personality! I can’t wait to see how she positively impacts the world.”
— Dr. Katherine Emeneth, private flute instructor
“I love this child! She does everything asked of her. She comes to class with a great attitude. She maintains a high standard in all of her academic work.”
— Glenda Cable, BMS language arts teacher
“Hannah is a model student. She is always conscientious about completing her work, she is kind to other students and always respectful to her teachers.”
— Beth Browning, BMS social studies teacher
The Buford City Schools Student of the Week spotlight is made possible by the generosity of the City of Buford.