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Saturday, 10 March 2018 09:43


Eisenhower MS musicians participate in WAC music festival

• Special to the Leader & Times

March 2 was the third annual WAC Festival for the Eisenhower Middle School Choir. This year was slightly different as the 6th grade choir also attended the festival in Dodge City. 

Students from the Eisenhower Middle School music program gave their own thoughts on going to this year’s contest. 

“I really enjoyed getting to sing and be with new people who do the same thing I do,” Eisenhower Middle School 8th grader Breanna Horyna said. “I was pretty happy and excited. I was happy for everyone, I think it shows we have the potential to be really talented and show off our school.”

“I enjoyed spending time with my friends and walking around seeing everyone sing,” fellow Eisenhower Middle School 8th grader Brady Kappelmann said. “I was proud of everyone and how they weren't just playing around, they were serious about what they were doing. I like going with our select choir and singing for other people and groups, it's great we get to make people happy and be around others who like music too.”

“I thought it was pretty cool seeing all the Seymour Rogers people with all their solos and ensembles,” Eisenhower Middle School 7th grader Kyler Sheldon said. “I really enjoy being able to go on trips and sing at different places and for different people. With the choir, I like working on how I sing and it's a great chance to perform for other people.”

A Superior day was had by many of the music students, with those receiving Superior (I) ratings including Julie Long, Athen Trejo, Xytiali Gutierez, Caitlyn Carlile, Riley Ott, Elizabeth Dinh, Jorge Ibarra, Breanna Horyna, Alexandria Flores, Jireh Ramirez, Amay Blake, Brady Kappelmann, Cody Bremenkamp, and Skylar Nut. Vocal solos receiving Excellent (II) ratings were Helena Combs and Kyler Sheldon. 

“I was happy, I wanted to see what the judges said about how I did. I was happy seeing all the 1's,” Sheldon said. 

Superior (I) ratings were also received by all the Eisenhower Middle School ensembles in attendance. Those ensembles featured Bryanna Horyna, Emma Aichele, Caitlyn Carlile, and Helena Combs (“And This Shall be for Music”); Cody Bremenkamp, Kyler Sheldon, Jorge Ibarra, Brady Kappelmann and Tacoma Gilmore (“Cripple Creek”); Riley Ott, Diana Farrar, Lanee Harp, Ashley Carrillo, Alexis Hensley and Ella Friederich (“When I Close My Eyes”); Emma Aichele, Amya Blake, Cody Bremenkamp, Caitlyn Carlile, Helena Combs, Alexandria Flores, Tacoma Gilmore, Breanna Horyna, Jorge Ibarra, Brady Kappelmann, Viviana Padilla, Jireh Ramirez, Kyler Sheldon and Caitlyn Underwood (“I Shall Not Live”); Emma Aichele, Amya Blake, Cody Bremenkamp, Caitlyn Carlile, Helena Combs, Alexandria Flores, Breanna Horyna, Viviana Padilla, Jireh Ramirez and Caitlyn Underwood (“Somewhere Above the Clouds”); Jacquelina Castillo, Tayten Cook, Elizabeth Dinh, Joseph Haskell, Arianna Hubbard, Julie Long, Skylar Nutt, Saige Rogers and Athen Trejo (“Follow the Sun”); and Ashley Carillo, Katherine Classen, Tayten Cook, Joseph Haskell, Arianna Hubbard, Alexis Hensley, Brooke Nelson, Saige Rogers, Carlos Roman, Athen Trejo and Sandy Vo (“Every Night When the Sun Goes In”). 

The 7th and 8th grade large choir received straight Superior (I) ratings for its performances of Sheri Porterfield’s “The Tiger” and Joyce Eilers’ “Lady of the Harbor.” The 6th grade choice performed “Will You Teach Me?” by Victor Johnson and the four-part piece “Sing All Together Now” by Linda Spevacek, receiving I, II+ and II ratings from the judges. 

The students are under the direction of Mrs. Jackie Depew and accompanied by Mrs. Tammy Janzen. 




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