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CHS Musicians Earn State Recognition

CHS Musicians Earn State Recognition

Congratulations to the following Clarkston High School musicians who were selected from over 250,000 students across the state to perform at the 57th Annual Michigan Youth Arts Festival (MYAF) May 9-11 at Western Michigan University. The festival is a weekend event highlighting the best of the best from Michigan's high school art programs.

Full Orchestra

Nick Adkins, bassoon
Emily Rumstadt, viola
Will Silvey, horn

Honor Band

Evan Hall, bassoon

Jazz Band

Kenadie Barringer, piano

Musical Theatre

Ben Neideck

Woodwind Quintet

Molly Damitio, flute
Kenadie Barringer, oboe
Evan Hall, bassoon
Rebekah Gerhardt, clarinet
Will Silvey, horn

Clarinet Choir

Rebekah Gerhardt
Sophia Dalby
Audrey Dekoninck
Sydney Clements
Kayleen Robinson
Isabella Limbert
Garrett Bailey
Alexa Parsons
Anna Laube
Emily Kroll
Alyson Wilson
Alexandra Purves
Connor Stout
Hannah Graves
Sierra Neumann
Megan Ludwig

The Michigan Youth Arts Festival (MYAF) began in 1963 at Interlochen by Joseph Maddy and Anne VanderHeide, both of whom had been appointed by Governor G. Mennen Williams to serve on the Michigan Cultural Commission. As two of the era's most preeminent music educators, Dr. Maddy and Mrs. VanderHeide envisioned a festival that would be a statewide showcase of the talented student artists in Michigan's secondary schools and community studios. They soon gathered together others who shared their belief that arts students should be recognized for hard work and perseverance in their individual art forms, just as students who are outstanding in various academic and athletic disciplines are honored for their accomplishments.

About Clarkston Community Schools: Clarkston is a highly regarded school district with an enrollment of nearly 7,500 students. We have seven elementary schools (K-5), one middle school serving grades 6-7, one junior high for grades 8-9, and Clarkston High School, which serves students in grades 10-12. We also have an Early Childhood Center serving children ages 3-5, and an alternative high school/community education facility. Clarkston Community Schools students are well-prepared for a future that excites them, and believe that they can achieve their dreams. The mission of Clarkston Community Schools is to create a learning environment where students, staff, and families are challenged, healthy, engaged, safe, and supported.

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