Local, area students make all-state band, orchestra lists
By DIANE GASPER-O'BRIEN
Hays and the surrounding area will be well-represented at the Kansas Music Educators Association in-service workshop next month in Wichita.
Several students were named to the all-state honor bands and orchestra after auditioning this month, joining those who earlier had qualified for the all-state honor choirs.
The state honor groups will perform at the KMEA workshop scheduled for Feb. 27 through March 1 at the Century II Convention Center.
Three students from Hays High School will perform in the state honor band, and two in orchestra.
Roy Schmeidler, a senior violinist at Thomas More Prep-Marian High School, made the state honor orchestra, while four classmates made the state honor band list for Classes 1-2-3-4A -- Allison Hohmann, clarinet; Monica Michaud, flute; David Moeder, horn; and Nick Schumacher, euphonium.
Those qualifying in the Class 5-6A band division for HHS were seniors Amy Jordan on clarinet and Aislinn Walters, alto saxophone, and junior Alex Crowley on trombone.
Area band students qualifying in 1-2-3-4A are:
Joshua Arnoldy, jr., Downs-Lakeside, alto sax; Andrea Barton, sr., Colby, bass clarinet; Mandie Bennett, sr., Dighton, B-flat clarinet; Regent Erickson, jr., Oberlin-Decatur Comm., tenor sax; Lauren Mordecai, soph., Norton, clarinet; Rhiannon Mullins, soph., Hoxie, trumpet; Valery Rostek, Norton, tenor sax; Connor Schwanke, sr., Colby, trumpet; Landon Slipke, sr., Norton, flute; Leslie Speer, sr., Dighton, mallets; Cheyenne Stegeman, sr., Goodland, clarinet.
Alternates -- Steven Cummmings, jr., Norton, horn; Regent Erickson, Oberlin-Decatur Comm., alto sax; MaKayla Reed, Stockton, sr., clarinet.
TMP scholars bowl team wins again
The Thomas More Prep-Marian scholars bowl team won its third meet in four tries this season, going undefeated Tuesday at Phillipsburg.
The Monarchs raised their overall season record to 35-6 after going 5-0 in pool play, then winning the semifinal and championship matches by large scores.
TMP was back to full strength after missing three regular varsity members at its last tourney, Jan. 11 at Beloit.
Nonetheless, the Monarchs still fared well at that meet, finishing third after winning the Osborne meet two days earlier in a come-from-behind victory over Almena-Northern Valley in the final match of the day.