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Zizzer music program shines at district competitions; over 50 students state bound


West Plains R-7 School District officials recently extended congratulations to students in the West Plains High School Concert Choir and Chamber Choir, as well as those in the Zizzer Pride Band following the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) District Music Festival held at Missouri State University-West Plains.

The competitive festival, hosted earlier this month, resulted in 23 gold ratings for vocal performances and 18 exemplary ratings for instrumental performances; the recipients of those awards will head to the MSHSAA State Musical Festival to be held April 25 through 27 in Columbia.

Vocal soloists earning gold ratings and heading to state are Andrew Jacobs, Stewart Call, Caroline Dietrich, Tanner Land, Mitchell Parmer, Dagan Joiner, Jack Rutledge, Hattie Patillo, Ruby Hinds, Elias Curtis, Jenalee Roylance, Colton Russell, Lily Dixon, LJ Temple, Camden Roberts and Abigail Freidt.

Vocal ensembles advancing to state with gold ratings are Ensemble 2: Kenzie Sandgren, Gus Grigsby, Malia Harris, Shaley Francis, Caroline Dietrich and Camden Roberts; Ensemble 4: Paige Skeeters, Brenden Lovan, Lily Dixon, Kirsten Fish, Anastasia Craig and Bryon Davis; Ensemble 5: Kennedi Keller, Ruby Hinds, Hattie Patillo, Serah Butler, Addi Rogers and Jenalee Roylance; Ensemble 7: Brett Walker, Connor Kenslow, Brenden Lovan, Parker Mattison, Jerry Harper, Linkin Martin, Colton Russell and Edson Ford; Ensemble 8: Dagan Joiner, Gus Grigsby, Andrew Jacobs, Josh Burgess, Jack Rutledge, Stewart Call, LJ Temple and Mitchell Parmer; Ensemble 9: Elias Curtis, Dagan Joiner, Ruby Hinds, Hattie Patillo, Serah Butler, Addi Rogers, LJ Temple and Ian Hufstedler; and Ensemble 10: Kennedi Keller, Andrew Jacobs, Libby Liimatta, Addison Sanders, Kyler Gunter, Jack Rutledge, Jenalee Roylance and Mitchell Parmer.

In the band portion of the music contest, the West Plains High School Varsity Concert Band earned straight Division 1 exemplary ratings.

Soloists earning exemplary ratings for their performances and heading to state competition are Ace Collins, marimba; Uston de los Santos, bass clarinet; Edson Ford, alto saxophone; Baseba Gerezgehir, clarinet; Parker Girdley, marimba; Eden Hugg, timpani; Madison Jones, flute; Trevor Lemasters, flute; Brenden Lovan, trombone; Kadin Ostermeier, baritone saxophone; Madison Phipps, French horn; Jenna Rector, clarinet; Colton Russell, timpani; Jared Simpson, timpani and Sam Wood, trombone.

Outstanding ratings were given to the following soloists: Ell Bennington, trombone and tuba; Chance Bradfute, tuba; Tommy Burk, euphonium; Toby Keith, tenor saxophone; Madison Moffis, flute; Audrey Oliver, tuba; Tara Sargent, snare drum; and Micheal Simons, clarinet.

Statebound instrumental ensembles who earned exemplary ratings are the varsity trombone trio of Aaron Ruhland, Brenden Lovan and Ell Bennington; the varsity saxophone quartet of Toby Keith, Jenna Rector, Zoi North and Edson Ford; and the varsity saxophone trio of Zoi North, Kadin Ostermeier and Edson Ford.

Outstanding ratings were given to the varsity trumpet trio of Madison Phipps, Celeb Kentner and Sam Wood, and the varsity tenor saxophone trio of Toby Keith, Lucas Collins and Jenna Rector.