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ES Honors Choir

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Five students from Jeff West schools were selected to be in the KMEA All-State Elementary Choir this year.


They are:         Harriet Dean (daughter of William & Haley Dean)

                        Sophia Hinkle (daughter of Lori Hinkle and Mark Hinkle)

                        Emma Ketchem (daughter of Mark & Christy Ketchem)

                        Leroy Staniec (son of Eric & Mindy Staniec)

                        Violette Whipp (daughter of George & Mikala Whipp)


They rehearsed all day and then sang in a concert as part of the Kansas Music Educators Association’s In-Service Workshop in Wichita on February 27.  The choir consisted of 160 singers in grades 3, 4, and 5.  They were selected from over 700 auditions state-wide.


Being selected for All-State is an incredible honor and opportunity.  Students learn challenging 2- and 3-part choral pieces and work with world-class conductors and clinicians. 


In their own words:

Harriet - “My favorite part was performing in the big concert hall.  I also enjoyed spending the day in Wichita and working with Mrs. K and the other kids.  Oh, and lunch was awesome!”


Sophia - “My favorite part was singing in the concert hall.”


Emma - “My favorite thing was seeing my family and making new friends.”


Leroy - “I loved learning new songs and singing in front of about 3,000 people.”


Violette - “My favorite part was the concert.”




-Submitted by Jenny Ramsey, K-5 Music Teacher at Jeff West