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The Sutherland choir. Front row from left: Kenzie Derr, Abbie Morris, Emma Stewart and Emma Wareham. Back row: James Lee, Kyle Halcott, Director Kelli Flesch, Bonnie Naughtin, Sydney White, Dalton Evans, Larren Fear and Colin Hoatson.
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Sutherland performing
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Hershey Harmony

‘Strictly Business,’ the Sutherland High School choir finished third in their division March 27 at the fourth annual Cardinal and Black Show Choir Competition at the Harvard Public School.

Sutherland was third in division 2. Deshler High’s ‘Purple Reign’ won the division and the Pawnee City ‘Showstoppers’ took home the runner up trophy.

Sutherland is directed by Kelli Flesch and is comprised of 11 members and a drummer. Teresa Rotert is the accompanist.

Choirs from 12 schools participated, six in each division.

Division 2 consisted of schools with a 9-11 grade enrollment of less than 100 and division 1 was larger schools.

The Hershey Harmony, a 13-piece choir, accompanied by Deb Jochum, competed in divison 1. They did not win a trophy, but their director Ellen Chamley was happy with their improvement since their last performance.

Chase County’s “9th Street Singers” took home the Division 1 championship trophy. The Scarlet Knights of Bishop Neumann were second and Ord’s 18th Street Singers finished third.

Singers at Hershey and Sutherland practice two mornings each week before school and sing at competitions and community events.

Harvard Public Schools Music Director Blake Thompson said the Cardinal and Black invitational has grown each year.

This year, for the first time, junior high choirs were invited to compete. “We want to start to get junior high choirs involved, that is where it starts to build their talents for high school.”

The ‘W.C. Singers’ of Wilber-Clatonia Junior High and Sutherland Junior High’s ‘Anchored’ performed and received participation trophies.

“We are proud to host this competition for small schools at our home facility this year,” Thompson said. “Our goal is that schools will leave with a positive competitive and educational experience that will help their students grow as young musicians and performers.”

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 3/30/2017
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