PHS Musicians Receive Awards

Published 05/02/2021


In a strange pandemic year, what has become “normal” is virtual. We watch ballgames via livestream, attend worship services online, submit recordings for Honor Band Auditions and Forensics performances. Regional and State Music Festivals are no exception. Because of Covid-19, in-person music festivals were moved to an online format, doing away with early morning travel and freeing up two Saturdays in April. Students prepared their solos and small ensembles as “normal.” Then, after coordinating a recording session with the teacher and accompanist, recorded the performance. That performance was then uploaded to YouTube, submitted to KSHSAA, and adjudicated. About a week later, results were returned. The process was many clicks on the computer but provided an opportunity for students to perform and receive feedback. Vocal and band students alike submitted recordings. Here are the results:

Receiving I "Outstanding" ratings and a medal are: Christina Footh (piano), Madison Kendall (voice), Erin Johnson (voice), Theo Keesee (voice), Nick Schemper (voice), Kalli Moore (voice), Makenna Russom (clarinet), Dreyton Hughes (trumpet), Amendment Men, and Amendment.

Receiving II "Excellent" ratings are: Jordyn McDiffett (voice), Makenna Russom (voice), Carson Meitl (voice), Zoey Dinkel (voice and saxophone), Emma Dibble (voice), Madison Kendall (clarinet), Landon Wyatt (tenor saxophone), Selena Brown (contrabass clarinet), Layton Johnson (trombone), Amendment Women and the PHS Choir.

Receiving III “Average” ratings are: Sophie Imm (voice), Harley Glynn (voice and clarinet), Christina Footh (voice), Isaac Ralston (alto saxophone) and Jordyn McDiffett (trombone)

The band students are directed by Mrs. Vesta Jo Still and the choir students are directed by Mrs. Kelsey Pinkerton. Accompanist for the band is Mrs. Kim Munyon and for the choir is Mrs. Muriel Iman.

Senior Band Awards:

Outstanding Senior - Madison Kendall. Her spunk and energy is contagious in the band room. Madison loves music of all kinds and it shows. She is always quick to share her expertise with other students or offer tips on how to march, how to finger notes. Others learn from Madison as she has high standards for herself and for others.

Rex Hanchett Memorial Award - Laike Imm. Laike displays high qualities of musicianship and commitment to the band and to the music program in general. He rarely misses an extra performance for pep band and even marched with the band during halftime while being a member of the football team. The music room is Laike’s happy place.

John Philip Sousa Award - Zoey Dinkel. Each year high schools across the country honor top musicians with an award named after John Philp Sousa. This award recognizes a student who demonstrates high musicianship and outstanding dedication. Zoey displays those qualities on a daily basis, working to get the notes correct but also striving to help and inspire others to become great musicians as well.