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FHS musicians earn a busload of medals

On May 24, thirty students from Friona High School travelled to Austin for the UIL Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest. It was held at Hendrickson High School in Pflugerville, Texas.

Choir director Allison Johnston said, “These students did an incredible job and represented Friona very well.” The Friona High School music department, band and choir, brought back seven gold medals and thirteen silver medals from the contest.

Receiving gold medals on their solos were: Cesia Boyzo, Alejandra Garcia, Holly Johnston, Kailey Lucas, Daumenique Carranza, Haden Smiley, and Lino Tarango.

Receiving silver medals on their solos were: Maegan Davis, Ben Anthony, Ediladio Garcia, Diego Garibay, Cesar Huerta, Omar Ramos, Lupita Salinas, Kendall Kimbrough, Candice Malone, Cassidy Malone, Jacky Martinez, Lucy Perez, and Teri Reed.

Receiving second division in their ensembles were: Lindy Wiseman, Maegan Davis, Jacky Martinez, Alejandra Garcia, Jessyca Rivas, Holly Johnston, and Sajal Patel.

In addition to these accomplishments, Haden Smiley was named “Outstanding Soloist” for the competition. Mrs. Johnston says, “This distinction is extremely rare. Each judge at the contest can name one or two persons each day as an outstanding soloist. Out of the more than 10,000 entries in the state solo and ensemble contest, fewer than 500 will receive this high honor.”

Band director Chris Rackley and choir director Allison Johnston said they could not be more proud of all of the students who competed at the state level of competition. Other students who qualified for state were Angela Hernandez, Coke Capshaw, Mercedes Rodriguez, Selena Hernandez, Danielle Ortiz, Isaac Gallardo, and Esdras Rodriguez.

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Members of the Friona High School music department took the Big Red Bus to Austin for the UIL Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest and brought back seven gold and thirteen silver medals.