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+ Page 4B Education Hays Free Press March 8, 2017 PHOTO BY JIM CULLEN Their showing in Solo and Ensemble competition still setting new records, Hays High School's Choir set a new program record for State-qualifying auditions. Performing at Austin McCallum High School, 22 HHS soloists and an ensemble qualified to ad- .vance to the Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest at University of Texas at Austin this May. The State-qualifying ensemble !rlo~tide (*indicates additional qualification as a soloist): *Taylor Cooper, *Emma Cole, Sean Corbett, *Valisa Kinder, *Ben Miller, )~UI ~tumpf, Elijah Saenz, and Joel Ferguson. State-bound soloists include: Alayna Bedwell, Lauren Evans, Allison Garcia, ~afi Gi¬ti, Makaela G0tchey, Taryn Grannis, Melinda Hurtado, Mikayla Tumale, Halley Williams, Lilly Miller, Meridian Par- iham;~ Tori Sosa, Christina Thiesi Bodhi Chae, Dawson Derrick, Casper Smith. Other Superior Rating Medalists include: Walker Graham, Arianna Thomas, Chds Fenton, Zoe Burr, Ada Cruz, Savannah Elkins, Doralicia Garza, Bryahna Lara, Ashley Nguyen, Paolina Sada, Koryn Sidiqqui, Andreas Truong. Twelve more students and a freshman ensemble earned an Excellent Rating. The HHS Rebel Choir Is directed by Charles Ftores. 3310 B FM 967, Ste #Al10 Buda, Texas 78610 Near the corner of FM 1626 and 967 512-523-8680 for a limited time! See all your local news 24/7 at Hays High School's Erin Swearingen had a big weekend at the Texas State University "Poetry Out Loud" competition. Sponsor Gina Risher reports Erin made it to the contest's "final five." She recited three poems from memory, one of which was "Boy and Egg" by Naomi Shihab Nye, who just hap- pened to be the program's emcee. "It was a happy co- incidence," Risher says, de- scribing Erin's performance as "a beautiful job" with all three poems, adding that Hays High School is "proud to claim this young lady." PHOTO COURTESY OF GINA RISHER Erin Swearingen, fourth from left, with other finalists at the Poetry Out Loud competition. Brealdng News J Crime Updates J Rebel and Lobo Sports Community Photos J Buds and Kyle City Council Briefs COURTESY PHOTO Spelling out success at annual Hays CISD bee Our new interactive power outaqe map puts real-time tr forma ron in your hands when you need it mos , Visit Five of Hays CISD's finest spellers, all of them campus champions, represented the district at the Zone X Spell- ing Bee, a qualifying meet for the Houston Public Media Spelling Bee. Local campus champs, include third grader Cooper YankS(above) aS weii as fifth graders Gillian Martin, Zoe Contreras, Kristen Castro (HES), and Ethan "Bear" Williams (PES). Buda Elementary's Karen Sullivent pronounced for the contest, with Elm Grove teacher Jamie Perez and HCISD Board Trustee Meri- deth Keller doing the judging. Of the HCISD champions, Cooper advanc~ farthest, reaching the 12th round before yielding to the four visiting students who would all vie into the 26th round before 1st and 2nd places were determined. PHOTO BY JIM CULLEN Rebel accepted to prestigious summer vocal program Emma Cole, Hays High School Choir student, has been ac- cepted into the Boston University Tanglewood Institute in the Young Artists Vocal program this summer. The institute is a six-week summer conservatory program for high school-aged singers. Hays High Choir Director Charles Flores says the pro- gram is "very prestigious, with roughly 70 students participat- ing each summer." He adds, "The program offers its students many courses, including music theory, music history, sight- singing, diction, and opera." Alumni of the institute include Harry Connick, Jr., Aaron Copeland and Yo Yo Ma. Marble F l::;Is Au:Stin ;l}astr .... ; New eroauhfels schq i I I i il