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39 Members Of SSHS Choir Earn 1s At Region; 33 Advance to State Sole & Ensemble Contest

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Sulphur Springs High School Choir students had great success at the regional UIL Solo & Ensemble contest Friday.

The students earned 39 first division ratings on solos and advanced five ensembles to Texas State Solo & Ensemble at the regional UIL Solo & Ensemble contest on Jan. 31. Out of the 39 soloists earning medals, 33 advanced to Texas SSEC, which will be held in May at UT in Austin, according to SSHS Choir Instructor Beth Cole.

“The non-state qualifiers took grade 2 solos. Grade 1 solos and ensembles advance to state,” Cole explained.

Among the group of distinguished students, there were many returning state qualifiers. Seniors Hope Williams and Lisseth Carmona are four-year state qualifiers for Solo & Ensemble, according to Cole.

Advancing as both soloists and members of ensembles were Hope Williams, Alex Walker, Sallee Spraggins, Lausen Ost, Danielle Verlander, Savannah Lilley, Litzy Chacon, Mia Hicks, Meredith Hooten, Layla McCarley, Haylee Fletcher, Rose Oyad,  Ashland Hooten and Bailey Early.

SSHS students advancing to state as part of an ensemble were Misti Taylor, Michael Mercer, Lisseth Carmona, Nick Ullman and Chariti Johnson-Hill.

Advancing soloists include Sean Dial, Jokobe Yarbrough, Te’Asia Hopkins, Isabella Hill, Trinity Woods, Rebecca Carnes, Courtney Stewart, Aidyn Rogers, Lindsey Plumley, Kylie Horton, Ashanti Pineda, Jatavion Hall, Madison Martin, Anthony Arroyo,Wyatt Smithson, Gregg English, Freddy Botello, Caleb Massey and Hayden Funderburk.

Sulphur Springs High School Choir members: (Bottom Row, left) Danielle Verlander*, Ashland Hooten*, Misti Taylor*, Te’Asia Hopkins*, Isabella Hill*, Trinity Woods*, Angel Cruz, Rebecca Carnes*, Sallee Spraggins*, Courtney Stewart*; (Row 2) Zacorey Colbert-Bratton, Aidyn Rogers*, Lindsey Plumley*, Kylie Horton*, Haylee Fletcher*, Lisseth Carmona*, Ashanti Pineda*, Nick Ullman*, Anna Petry; (Row 3) Jatavion Hall*, Madison Martin*, Lausen Ost*, Anthony Arroyo*, Savannah Lilley*, Mia Hicks*, Meredith Hooten*, Emily James, Chariti Johnson-Hill*; (Row 4) Wyatt Smithson*, Alex Walker* , Gregg English*, Michael Mercer*, Freddy Botello*, Caleb Massey*, Hayden Funderburk*, Layla McCarley* and Bailey Early*; (Not pictured) Litzy Chacon*, Hope Williams*, Sean Dial*, Jakobe Yarbrough* and Rose Oyad*. 
* Denotes State Qualifiers

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Author: Faith Huffman

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