ALTAMONT — Labette County High School senior Marlee Mikel received the National School Choral Award at her final high school concert Monday.
The award is the highest honor for high school choir performers, recognizing singular merit, ability, and achievement of outstanding contributions to the success of the school’s vocal program.
Other students honored at the concert included Kalynn Tiecke, who received the Outstanding Senior Award along with Colby Kastler. Therann Moore received the Jessica Pierce Award.
Just the week before the concert, at the Pittsburg State University Regional Music Festival, Mikel received a one-point rating for his vocal solo, clarinet solo, and two small ensembles. She received a two on a clarinet trio. Those ratings qualified her for the state music festival on April 30 in Andover.
Prior to that, she served in the All States Choir.
“I’m happy with it,” Mikel said of how his senior year went. “At the beginning of the year, I hoped to do an all-state choir and I succeeded.”
Taking state solos was also a goal for her this year.
For his hard work and dedication, Mikel was awarded two scholarships to Pittsburg State University, one for a music education major and one for his secondary major in clarinet.
Of the 41 LCHS vocal and orchestral students who entered the regional competition, 29 of them qualified with their groups or solos to attend the state music festival. In addition to Mikel, Tiecke also qualified for state at regionals in three separate events and was part of an all-state choir. Mikel said Kylee Garner received one in both of his instrumental solos and Glenn Pierce received one in his instrumental solo, so they will go stateside.
LCHS vocal music instructor Shawna Terrell said they also took four small vocal sets to the regions.
“Chorus received a rating of two. The Grizzly Red Ensemble received one. Our Varsity Gold Ensemble received one. Bella Voce also received one,” Terrell said. “All students who were part of bands that received a grade of one will qualify for the state music festival at Andover on April 30.”
“I am amazed by my students. Their successes are a direct reflection of their dedication and hard work,” Terrell added. “They always make me proud.”