Meghan Llamas – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The LRHS Chorus took home many awards last week from the annual Smoky Mountain Music Festival. The Mustangs, competing in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, won four awards along with numerous soloist awards.
The Mustangs set off with around 50 kids on buses on April 24 for the festival which took place on April 26. They returned two days later with four new awards.
The advanced women’s choir and acapella group won first place in their categories. In addition to those groups, the mixed group won second place, and the chamber singers third. Certificates of excellence were also awarded to several Mustang soloists.
The Smokey Mountain Music Festival is a reoccurring festival in Tennessee, in which elementary, middle and high school teams come from around the country and even Canada to compete before a panel of judges during the fierce competition.
While trips such as these occur annually for the LRHS chorus, it was a first for second-year chorus member Dynver Bogan.
“It was my first big trip with chorus,” the senior recalled. Bogan won two awards with both the advanced woman’s choir and the mixed group.
“My favorite part was when they announced who won first for womens choir,” Bogan said.