In 1978, the first award was presented for mental attitude, scholarship, leadership, and ability.  The first year, the award was known as the Paul Lavalle award (then musical director of the McDonald's All-American Band).  In 1979, the award was renamed the Golden Note.  In 1980, a $1000 scholarship was added.


1978 Lynda Rhodes East Noble High School
1979 Ellen Marmon Anderson High School
1980 Denise Louise Vogel Madison Heights High School
1981 Cheri Elkins Anderson High School
1982 Stephen Dewey Delta High School
1983 Holly Goodson South Putnam High School
1984 Award presentation unknown
1985 Award no longer presented