South Meck student wins PTA contest for choreography
South Mecklenburg High School student Ashley Pridgeon won an “award of excellence” in the dance choreography category in the national PTA Reflections art competition.
She performed “Who You Are,” beating students from across the country.
Ashley will be recognized this summer during the National PTA Awards and Reflections Celebration on July 2 at Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Florida.
Charlotte Catholic choir students earn spots festivals
Ninety-three Charlotte Catholic High School (CCHS) students from the school’s Honors Choirs participated in the Festivals at Carnegie Hall in March.
They joined 115 high school students from across the nation to learn six choral selections chosen by guest clinician Jerry Blackstone, of the University of Michigan.
They learned “Beautiful Rive,” an eight-part setting of “Crucifixus” in Latin, “My Spirit Is Uncaged,” “Offertory,” “Bright Morning Stars, an eight-part arrangement of “Skip to My Lou” and a final “Hooray.”
Students also saw a Broadway musical, dined at Stella’s Starlight restaurant and walked through Time Square, Chinatown, Soho, Central Park and Little Italy.
“The culmination of their four-day trip was the Sunday evening performance at Carnegie Hall … a once-in-a lifetime experience,” Dottie Tippett, Charlotte Catholic choral director, said in a news release.
CCHS also boasts another choral accomplishment with junior Chelsea Smith earning a spot at the Mars Hill Choral Festival in February.
She auditioned amongst 900 other high school singers for college voice professors, singing her part in a graded choral selection.
Upon selection, the junior learned the soprano I part in five songs and joined the 300-member selected choir and performed in a concert directed by Elena Sharkova, artistic director of Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale in San Jose, California.
Area middle schoolers earn honors at theater competition
Multiple middle schools earned awards at the North Carolina Theatre Competition Middle School Play Festival.
Students showcase multiple performances that are judged by a panel, with the opportunity to receive honorable mentions.
Community House Middle School’s “ths phne 2.0: the next generation” won excellence in small group choreography to Maya Cohn, Jacob Parker, Caroline Sinclair, Olivia Thomas and Henry Wood; excellence in acting to Henry Wood; excellence in ensemble acting; and a festival spirit award.
Providence Day School’s “Competition Piece” won excellence in style and physicalization; production design to Aubrey Briggs, Zoe Sherman and Megan Simpson; excellence in stage management to Felicity Keyzer-Pollard and PJ Milam; and outstanding achievement in acting to Katie Beason.
Charlotte Christian School’s “Goldilocks on Trial” won excellence in “Seussical” set design; excellence in sound and graphic design to Caroline Luff and Kennedy Young; excellence in acting to Hailey Thomas; festival spirit award; and a superior rating.
South Charlotte Middle School’s “Typecast” won excellence in comedic sound effects; excellence in acting to Liora Tal; and a festival spirit award.
Jay M. Robinson Middle School presented both “The Somewhat True Tales of Robin Hood” and “10 Ways to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse,” which both won honors.
Mikayla DiGaetano and Jordan Smith won excellence in set and properties and Cami Keziah and Anya Nazak won excellence in stage management for both shows.
“10 Ways” won outstanding achievement in costuming and makeup to Vinitha Sunkara; excellence in acting to Caitlin O’Brien; and a superior rating.
“Robin Hood” won excellence in acting to Tanner Knox; outstanding achievement in acting to Roger Espinoza; excellence in directing to Stacy Boone; and a superior rating.
South Meck wins poetry contest
South Mecklenburg High School students are poets and now the state knows it.
South Meck’s poetry team won first place in the Poets Competition.
The students also won “best group poem” and their advisor Juan Vazquez, a South Meck English teacher, won “best coach.”