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March 17, 2014

Sounds sweet with choir honors — These songs sound sweet, especially when they result in big honors for Pauls Valley students who are part of the school’s choir.

It was during the recent all-district contest where both PV’s high school and junior high vocal ensembles earned superior ratings, which according to their teacher, Kara Cloud, is a big deal.

This, Cloud says, is a success for not only these groups of kids but really for the choir program as a whole, which has in recent years started to make it a trend for these kinds of honors.

“I’m hoping this starts a new trend for this choir,” Cloud said as a recent choir class wrapped up for the day.

“I think this is a turning point for our choir,” she said. “I’m hoping it marks the beginning of some exciting new things for us.

“It shows this choir is motivated and getting more and more confident.”

During the all-district contest both choir ensembles sing together but compete against their own age group.

On the individual level it was Nyjel Ware, an eighth grade baritone in PV’s junior high choir, who earned the lone local superior rating.

Singing in a classroom with a judge looking on, Ware “nailed it” earning him all-district honors individually.

Another big honor was already in the books for Pauls Valley senior Eddy Johnson.

A few weeks ago Johnson earned all-state choir honors making him the third Pauls Valley student in the past two years to make it to that elite level. Last year it was Elissa Nobles and Kim Bethune.

“This is a big thing for Eddy and for us,” Cloud said, adding this honor qualifies Johnson for college scholarships.

“Last year was the first time we’ve had all-staters in a long time, so this is very exciting.”

Johnson was among 1,800 students from all over the state auditioning this past fall.

From that 200 were selected all-state, including Johnson, during a three-day music festival in Tulsa just a few weeks ago.

Johnson is also a member of the PVHS vocal ensemble earning the superior rating at the all-district contest.

Cloud says the honors are there, along with the numbers as the PV choir program increased by seven students this year and another five the year before.

“We have grown as a choir,” she said.

"It’s small growth but we’re getting there.”

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