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Seven Senior High students selected for All-State

Students from Fort Dodge Senior High recently auditioned for the 2019 Iowa High School Music Association’s All-State Music Festival. The students selected for the All-State Chorus represent the top 1 percent of high school singers in the state. Selection to the All-State Chorus is the highest individual honor available to Iowa high school musicians.

Seven Dodger vocalists were selected. They are Reagan Black, junior, daughter of Jean Black and Dean Black; Cole Hamlow, junior, son of Katie Hamlow and Lance Hamlow; Joey Kelley, junior, son of Scott Kelley and Mandi Crouse-Kelley and Anna Cook; Victoria Pavik, junior, daughter of Michael and Andrea Pavik; Alaina Porter, senior, daughter of Roger and Amy Porter; Sawyer Springer, junior, son of Steve and Juli Springer; and Maddy Vinchattle, junior, daughter of Shawn and Allison Hynes.

“Preparing music for the All-State audition offers valuable learning and growth for each student,” said Matt Drees, FDSH vocal instructor. “Each of our students who auditioned is a better and stronger musician from having challenged themselves through this process.”

The All-State Music Festival took place Nov. 21-23 in Ames. The final concert was Saturday at Hilton Coliseum in Ames.

“We are so proud of the way our students represented Fort Dodge at the auditions,” said Kim Wankum, FDSH vocal instructor. “They gave wonderful, competent auditions, and represented our school with excellence and pride.”