“We like to participate in events like this because it allows the students to work toward achieving a goal,” said Jill Sims, recreation coordinator and choir instructor. “Also, it shows them the benefit of hard work and dedication, gives them a broader worldview as they travel and connect with students from other parts of Texas, and prepares them professionally as they gain public and interpersonal communication skills through professional connections.
“Events like this also give the students a positive view of themselves and each other as they realize that they can not only achieve their dreams, but can collaborate with others as a team to invest in something that they will remember for a lifetime,” Sims said.
The choir and drumline received an Excellent rating while two vocal soloists received Superior ratings and advanced to the finals. One of the soloists received a perfect score and several middle school students were able to receive high marks competing at the high school level. Here are the results:
Group Performance – Excellence Rating (Plaque)
Nikki – Superior Medal (Received a perfect score), Advanced to Finals
Tianna – Superior Medal (1 point from receiving a perfect score), Advanced to Finals
Kiayani – Excellence Ribbon
Shelby – Excellence Ribbon
Layla – Good Ribbon
Leah – Good Ribbon
Iona – Good Ribbon
Faith – Good Ribbon
Ensemble – Excellence Ribbon
Faith – Good Ribbon
Rebecca – Good Ribbon
Rainn – Good Ribbon
Marisa – Good Ribbon
Ben – Superior Medal (3 points from receiving a perfect score)
Nikki – Excellence Ribbon
Earned two plaques in the Exhibition category
Varsity members – Iyhanna, Tremya, Nikkie, Edwina, Adrianna
JV members – Christina, Gabi, Kiayani, Rebecca
The students were led by Sims (choir), recreation assistant Matt Hagestuen (drumline, drama), and recreation assistant Kellie Bennett (dance, cheer). Students practiced their entries by performing for staff and students during a concert on May 24.
“The kids felt accomplished and had a sense of belonging as they worked together to achieve their goals,” Sims said. “As I met with students individually to discuss their scores after the competition, they expressed their sense of accomplishment as well as noted and asked if we could work on areas of improvement for next year.”