Every year in May, after our Peninsula students return home from Anchorage following the State Solo-Ensemble Competition, I find it so incredible that not one word is mentioned in our local papers about all their competing, their hard work, their awards, and their achievements. I am thrilled to see our young people featured in the sports pages, and am always glad that they get the kudos they deserve. But it does seem odd, when so many students are involved in musical competitions and various musical events, and there is zero coverage.
I would like to name each student that I accompanied but I know that would only be a part of the list. There were approximately 70 kids from KCHS, Sohi, Skyview, and Homer High School, who sang or played an instrument in front of an audience and a judge, and who received critiques and ratings. The judges always choose the best of the kids who perform for them, and on the last night of the event, Command Performance is awarded to the best of the best, and that honor was given to Cole Chase-Cochrane and Dante Diaz of KCHS. These two young men performed in a public concert along with about 40 other students from all over the state, the best in their categories, in front of an audience of about 500.
Along with all the parents, teachers and community members who were part of this event, I am very proud of these young people.
Maria Allison, Kenai
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