ISSMA Results 2009

Merrillville Choir students had an outstanding showing at ISSMA Solo and Ensemble contest in Crown Point High School last Saturday.  Over all, MHS soloists earned 29 gold, 6 silver and 1 bronze rating and ensembles received 4 gold and 1 silver. Twenty seven soloists and 4 ensembles (representing 43 students) received gold ratings in Division I and have earned the right to compete at the State ISSMA competition February 28 in Indianapolis.Vocalteens and Velveteens, MHS' top choral groups, competed at ISSMA for the first time in over a decade and brought home gold ratings.  
We are extremely pleased that three MHS soloists (Michael Barnett, Kiara Stephens, Kim Tapper) received "perfect scores" of 9.  We also have four students who missed "perfect" by only one half a point.   They were Matthew Fayson, Ronald Moore, Rebecca Neville and, for the second year in a row, Melina Rivera.
 Merrillville High School choir members competed well at the ISSMA State Solo and Ensemble contest at Perry Meridian High School Saturday, February 28.  Overall, seventeen vocal soloists were awarded gold medals, seven singers achieved silver status and one received a bronze rating.  All four ensembles, including the Vocalteens and Velveteens, were awarded gold medals.  This competition marks the first time in over a dozen years that the Vocalteens and Velveteens competed at ISSMA.     Division One soloists Gold Medalists: Michael Barnett, Aaron Curtis, Angelica Dix, Matthew Fayson, Kandace Greene, Kayla Greene, Shaunice Holbrook, Rebecca Neville, Victor Rios, Melina Rivera, Stormie Schilling, Amesha Smith, Treasura Sowell, Kim Tapper, Nicole Varela, Anthony Watson, and Erik White.  The MHS Vocalteens and Velveteens received gold ratings with "Bridge Over Troubled Water" and "Lift Thine Eyes."  The Moore Ensemble (TJ Brown, Russell Cole, Ron Moore, Payton Parker, Lawrence Scroggins, Anthony Watson) as well as the Earl Ensemble (Kendall Bonick, Daniella Gregoline, Bianca Earl, Biana Johnson, Aly Shirk, Kim Tapper) also received golds with "River in Judea" and "Shoheen."