All four Carroll Senior High School choirs that competed at UIL this year received perfect concert scores and three of those choirs received Sweepstakes Awards, receiving superior ratings in Concert and Sight-reading.
The judges made comments like “Well executed…such well-trained singers…Amazing…Such expressive singing…..a performance of this caliber is absolutely amazing for a high school group!”
According to Carroll ISD Choir Director Marla Ringel and Associate Director Bradley Kerley, not only did the students perform beautifully, they also represented Carroll Sr. High very well with their behavior and professional demeanor.
“We are so proud of ALL of our Singing Dragons! If you see any of them today congratulate them on a fine showing at UIL this year!” Ringel and Kerley said.
During competition held on Friday, Feb. 28 the students performed three songs for judges followed by sightreading a piece the students had never seen before.
“I could not be more proud of these gentlemen,” said Whitney Anderson, Carroll and Dawson Choir Director. “They worked so hard to get to this point and to achieve their goal.”
Students who are members of the Carroll and Dawson Choir are: Matthew Chaplowe, Mitchell Groff, Bill Kahn, Will Meagher, Saunders Penn, Sebastian Poorman, Ryan Stevens, Cole Sullivan and Pierson Van den Dyssel.
Due to the recent winter weather, the UIL rescheduled the women’s portion of the competition for the end of March. The combined Carroll and Dawson Middle School Women’s Choir will continue to rehearse until the competition date is official.
Forty four schools from across the state met at Plano Sr. High for the first State Qualifying Tournament of the season.
The Dragon Debate Team upheld the winning tradition with great pride! Senior, Davis Samuel, qualified for the National Individual Tournament of Champions in Dramatic Interpretation.
Receiving points toward the state meet were:
Dragons brought home the 4th place sweepstakes award.
The team will compete this weekend at a national tournament, hosted by Grapevine High School.
The Symphonic Band under the direction of Rebecca Bailey scored a Superior rating in concert performance and an Excellent rating in Sightreading. The Symphonic Winds and Wind Ensemble, both under the direction of Ken Johnson, scored Superior ratings in Concert and Sightreading. The Wind Symphony under the direction of Jay Bach scored a Superior rating in both Concert and Sightreading.
Based on combined performances notably, with the Wind Symphony achieving the Superior ratings in the Concert and Sightreading Contest and Dragon Marching Band receiving Superior ratings in UIL Region Marching competition in the fall, the Dragon Band was awarded the Sweepstakes Award for the 2012-2013 school year.
For more information about the Dragon Band, visit the band website or click here.