Jon Thomas Skoruppa, a 15-year old student at Banquete High School, received a gold medal-Division I rating at the state competition of the UIL Solo and Ensemble Contest on May 30 at Texas State University.

Skoruppa was also selected as "Most Outstanding Performer" among the 22,000 musicians who performed at this year's state competition.

He performed the trumpet solo "Concert Etude No. 49" by composer Alexander Goedicke, and was accompanied on the piano by Juan Manuel Senties of Beeville.

Jon is the son of Tommy and Mary Kay Skoruppa and is a member of the Banquete High School Band, directed by Arnold Menchaca.