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Choral, band students earn superior ratings

District music contest Friday

Gothenburg High School music students returned from the district music contest, at North Platte St. Pat’s High School Friday, with high ratings.

The chorus received a superior-plus rating and a plaque, the highest obtainable while students who performed solos, and small groups got superiors.

“This is absolutely amazing,” said music teacher Ernie Blecha.

In the choral department, three performances were also noted as outstanding with a men’s quartet receiving a double plus. The groups included a senior small group (Leah Loostrom, Leah Schwanz, Kelsey Wahlgren, Beth Advey, Crystal Moore, Alyssa Boller, Josh Clark, CJ Royce, Ryan Ostendorf, Jeffrey Rodriguez, Jeramie VanAcker and Josh Portiner) for “Things That Never Die,” the men’s quartet (Ryan Ostendorf, Jeramie VanAcker, Josh Clark and Jacob Franzen) for “The Pirate Song” and soloist Leah Loostrom for “My White Knight.”

Loostrom and Clark received an honorable mention for their mixed duet “Benedictus.”

Band teacher Tom Belanger said the band scored the best it has since he came to Gothenburg, which was three years ago.

The band received an excellent and two good ratings.

“I was very proud of their effort and hard work,” Belanger said. “The soloists/duet performed very difficult pieces overall and we made a huge leap in that area from last year.”

Superior ratings for the chorus and individual and groups of choral students are as follows:

Mixed Chorus—“Be Still, and Know That I Am God” and “How Can I Keep From Singing?”

Men’s Chorus—“Danny Boy”

Mixed Small Group—Morgan Kowalewski, Shay Wear, Amanda Larson, Danielle Schriver, Siera Schwanz, Jacey Wiggins, Madison Costello, Brittyn Munster, Jacob Franzen, Jonathan Rehmert, Curtis Andres, Brett Mann, Cody Cooper, Drake Brand, Rhett Lindholm, Carson Messersmith, “May It Be.”

Sophomore Triple Quartet—Jessica Habe, Abbie Mazour, Brooke Morton, Taylor Mroczek, Carlin Daharsh, Kyndal Holmes, Kayla Trevino, Shaylee Scott, Betsy Potter, Rachel Rice, Rebecca Anderson, Bailey Rickertsen, “In The Highlands”

Freshman Group—Shelby Loostrom, Holly McPheeters, Alayna Collins, Kerry Wellman, Archer Jensen, Jacob Franzen, “Misty Morning.”

Men’s Octet—Josh Clark, Jacob Franzen, Jon Rehmer, Cody Cooper, Ryan Ostendorf, Jeramie Van-

Acker, Josh Portiner, Archer Jensen, “Climbin’ Up The Mountain”

Solos

Josh Clark—“The Battle Of Jericho”

Ryan Ostendorf—“There Is A Balm In Gilead”

Joshua Portiner—“My Good Lord’s Done Been Here”

Bailey Gibbens —“Things My Heart Will Know”

Cody Cooper—“Never Far From Home”

Betsy Potter—“Why Does The Willow Tree Weep?”

Results for band members include:

Superior ratings—Rachel Rice, flute solo; Blake Ristine, xylophone solo; Holly McPheeters, flute solo; Trenton Long, trombone solo; Sydney Pride, clarinet solo; Sydney Sell, trumpet solo; Jon Rehmert, bass clarinet solo; Remmy Rocha, alto saxophone solo; Ashley Wilkerson and Rachel Rice, flute duet.

Excellent ratings—Bailey Rickertsen, trumpet; Holly Hudson, clarinet; Jessica Boehle, flute.

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