Sunday, November 23, 2014

COBBS: Cyclone musicians earn trip to state

By RYAN COBBS, Ottawa High Schoo | 4/7/2014

During the course of the past few years, Ottawa High School and our community have spent a great deal of time celebrating the accomplishments of our athletes competing and succeeding at the state level. I would like to take this opportunity to not only congratulate our band and choir students who competed this weekend in the regional solo and small ensemble competition, but also to draw some much-due attention to our co-curricular students, as well as our extra-curricular academic groups that have earned the opportunity to compete at the state level.

OHS plays host to a number of activities through which our students compete at the state level, including debate, forensics, Science Olympiad, scholars’ bowl, FFA, FCCLA, yearbook, journalism, band and choir.

During the course of the past few years, Ottawa High School and our community have spent a great deal of time celebrating the accomplishments of our athletes competing and succeeding at the state level. I would like to take this opportunity to not only congratulate our band and choir students who competed this weekend in the regional solo and small ensemble competition, but also to draw some much-due attention to our co-curricular students, as well as our extra-curricular academic groups that have earned the opportunity to compete at the state level.

OHS plays host to a number of activities through which our students compete at the state level, including debate, forensics, Science Olympiad, scholars’ bowl, FFA, FCCLA, yearbook, journalism, band and choir.

A number of Cyclone band and choir students participated this weekend in the Kansas Regional Solo and Small Ensemble competition at De Soto High School.  The competition included 20 4A schools from across the area showcasing their musical talents with the hopes of earning an invitation to the state competition April 26 at Andover High School. The competition judges musicians during small group or solo performances focusing on intonation, accuracy, and expression amongst other items developed through a rubric and deriving a final score.

The following students’ talents rose to the top this weekend and earned themselves a trip to Andover later this month: vocal solo, Jesse Bentz, Aubrey Curry, Rebecca Vrbas, Katie Wooge and Courtney Houston; trumpet trio, Jonathan Branson, Colton Leadbetter and Janelle Sharp; violin trio, Hannah Heatherman, Kinley Jorgensen and Carter McCullough; violin solo, Heatherman, Houston, Jorgensen and McCullough; trumpet solo, Branson and Sharp; tenor sax solo, Colin Cowdin; alto sax solo, McCullough; horn solo, Houston; bass clarinet solo, Jonathan Kuczmarksi; and trombone solo, Abagael Pruitt.

I would like to congratulate each of these students and groups for their accomplishments and wish them the best of luck at state later this month.

I always am amazed at the abilities of our students on the field of play, in the classroom, and on the stage. I am more amazed that a number of these kids not only excel with one instrument or vocally, but are competing at the highest level in multiple areas and with multiple instruments.

I also would like to thank Courtney Williams, our band instructor, and Lori Underwood, our vocal music instructor, for helping our students find success and continue to improve every day.

Lastly, I would like to thank everyone who participated in the regional solo and small ensemble festival for representing Ottawa High School in a manner that creates Cyclone pride for our students, parents, teachers and community.

Dr. Ryan Cobbs is principal at Ottawa High School. Email him at cobbsr@usd290.org or call (785) 229-8020.

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