FARMINGTON — After nine hours in a hot, sticky bus, 51 choir students from Mesa View Middle School piled out into the Ridgeway High School parking lot in Salt Lake City to participate in the Festival In The Parks music competition on May 4.

The students were rewarded with three trophies.

The Hawkmen, the Mesa View boys' choir, received first place in the middle school boys choir category. The Hawkettes, a girls' choir, also took the first place trophy in the middle school treble choir category. The girls also won the overall high score middle school trophy.

"They're really shiny," said Declan Quail, one of the Hawkmen.

Festival In The Parks is an opportunity for bands, choirs and orchestras from all around the country to compete.

Each spring, Marletta Newman, the choir director, holds auditions for the Hawkmen and Hawkettes choirs.

Lexi Atencio, one of the Hawkettes, said the choir has never won the overall high score trophy in Salt Lake before. The choirs alternate between competing in Salt Lake and in Denver.

Winning the trophies came with some challenges. Some of the songs sung had a sorrowful tone to them. Faith Wilson said it was hard for her to act sad when she was feeling really excited and overwhelmed.

There was a lot for the choir to feel excited about. The awards ceremony, for example, took place at Lagoon, an amusement park just north of Salt Lake. Kyla Lundy said the highlight of her trip was seeing a peacock at Lagoon, and she enjoyed the roller coaster Wicked, which has a vertical drop.

In addition to their trophies from Festival In The Parks, the choirs have also had the honor of sending about 25 students to the All-State Choir in Las Cruces. The students rehearsed for two days with the top choir students from across the state. Then, on the third day, they performed at New Mexico State University.
Members of the Mesa View Middle School Hawkettes choir, from left, Allison Schroth, Kaitlyn Nelson and Allison Sharpe hold the awards the Hawkettes and
Members of the Mesa View Middle School Hawkettes choir, from left, Allison Schroth, Kaitlyn Nelson and Allison Sharpe hold the awards the Hawkettes and Hawkmen choirs won in the Festival In The Parks music competition. (Augusta Liddic/The Daily Times)


Gabriela Rangel, a Hawkette who also was a member of the All-State Choir, said she plans on auditioning next year. Rangel will be a high school freshman next year, allowing her to audition for both the youth All-State Choir, which contains students ranging from fourth- to ninth-grades, and the adult All State-Choir, which consists of high school students.

Rangel said she really enjoyed being part of All-State Choir. However, she is nervous about the sight-reading audition required for the adult All-State Choir.

"Everybody enjoys the same things in music as you," Rangel said.

 

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