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“High Voltage” Wins Class Championship

By Staff | Mar 13, 2012

Both of Emmetsburg High School’s Show Choirs made the journey to Vermillion, SD on Saturday, Feb. 25 to participate in the “Rhythm In Red” Show Choir competition.

When the last pose had been struck and the last notes sung, High Voltage, the Varsity Show Choir from EHS, had captured the Class 2A Championship and a place in the Finals competition. There was also a special honor for High Voltage, as sophomore Hannah Bird was selected as the Outstanding Female Soloist of the competition.

After being named as the winners of the Cass 2A championship, High Voltage was selected as one of the five show choirs that would compete in the evening’s championship. Emmetsburg, competing against a field of Class 4A schools including Mitchell, SD and Sioux City East, would earn the fourth runner-up honors in the finals, which were won by Mitchell.

Black and Gold, the Junior Varsity show choir at EHS, also enjoyed a good day performing, as they were named the second place finishers in the Class A competition. The Vermillion competition was Black and Gold’s first competition of the season.

“Black and Gold is improving every time they get in front of an audience. There is a lot of potential in this group,” noted Emmetsburg Vocal Director David Fog. “We just need to keep plugging away until we get everyone’s confidence up. There are a lot of things that need to be done right to be a great show choir, and every week we seem to cross a few more of those bridges!

Fog was also understandably proud of High Voltage’s performance as well. “I was extremely proud of both of our groups and their efforts in this competition. It is always our goal to try to excel in our class- and both groups did very well!”

In order to earn one of the finals spots, a group must score highly in the balloting of the judges. High Voltage hit the mark with the judging panel during the preliminary round of competition.

“High Voltage” needed to outscore several 4A and 3A groups to earn a finals spot, and they really nailed their opening performance to do that. In the finals, they gave an even stronger performance, and although we were unable to move up a spot or two from the opening round, the group should be very proud of themselves,” Fog said. “They were competing with some really excellent and nationally renown show choirs in Sioux City East and Mitchell, SD, and Sioux Falls O’Gorman was also very strong this year. It was also a huge honor to have the outstanding solo award given to Hannah! There were a lot of very strong soloists at Vermillion.”

After hosting the Emmetsburg Show Choir Invitational on Saturday, March 3, the High Voltage Show Choir traveled to Sioux Falls, SD on Saturday, March 10, to compete in the Sioux Falls Washington Show Choir Invitational. Both Black and Gold and High Voltage will perform as part of this Thursday’s Talent Night show at the Emmetsburg High School Auditorium to kick off the St. Patrick’s Weekend celebration in Emmetsburg.