By Staff

            MCPHERSON – The McPherson USD 418 music departments announced recently that 25 middle school and senior high music students have earned some type of all-state honors by either the KMEA of the KCDA.

            Those 25 local students representing McPherson in the State’s top music ensembles were selected from among 10,000 students across the state of Kansas who auditioned with hopes they would make one of these ensembles where less than 1,000 students end up with the opportunity to represent their schools.

            Nine McPherson Senior High students have been selected by the KMEA to represent USD 418 and the McPherson community in the 2023 KMEA All-State Honor Ensembles!

            Many of these names have been seen before due to previous year or years of recognition.

            The nine McPherson Senior High students honored include:

            Palmer Heskett – Trombone

            Mallory Holmes – Alto 1

            Lauren Newcom – Alto 1

            Bree Pickerell – Alto 1

            Joslynn Riley – Alto 2

            Elianna Rush – Clarinet

            Kyndall Sandbo – Trumpet

            Zach Stein – Tuba

            Laci Turner – Horn

            Among those nine were five who are repeating, those are: Mallory Holmes – 3rd year All-State Selection; Lauren Newcom – 3rd year All-State Selection; Joslynn Riley – 2nd year All-State Selection; Elianna Rush – 2nd year All-State Selection; and Laci Turner – 2nd year All-State Selection.

            The All-State convention will begin on Thursday, February 23 with their performances being on Saturday, February 25.

            As for the McPherson Mid-Level All-State singers in the KCDA All-State Treble Choir, 16 local students will be represented at the All-State Convention in February.

            Among those named to the 2022-23 MCDA All-State Choir:

            ChesLea Allison – 8th grade

            Keziah Bing – 6th grade

            McKenzie Dammann – 8th grade

            Allison Henry – 9th grade

            Lillian Kahle – 8th grade

            Julianna Johnson – 9th grade

            Serenity Magnall – 8th grade

            Billie May – 9th grade

            Danae Paine – 8th grade

            Alani Rodriguez – 6th grade

            Melissa Rodriguez – 9th grade

            Reesa Whorton – 9th grade

            Hannah Wilgers – 6th grade

            Olivia Wince – 9th grade

            Lainey Worden – 8th grade

            Ava Youngblood – 9th grade

            Among those sixteen included four repeat honorees, those being – ChesLea Allison – 2nd year All-State Selection; Lillian Kahle – 2nd year All-State Selection; Serenity Magnall – 2nd year All-State Selection; Danae Paine – 2nd year All-State Selection.

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