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Local, state honors for student musicians

Musicians from around the district recently were honored for their talents. The following students earned awards in the Lower Columbia River Music Educators’ High School Solo and Ensemble Contest at Union High School on Feb. 25, 2017. Many also qualified for the state contest in April.

Vancouver School of Arts and Academics

  • Alaina Bossert: first alternate in cello category
  • Alaina Bossert and Evan Howard, Salt and Popper Duo: first place/state qualifier in small ensemble category
  • Evan Howard: second alternate in cello category
  • Mya Howard, Adrienne Paulu, Aliyah Petersen, Christian Ramirez and Courtney Wilmington: second alternate in large ensemble category
  • Christian Ramirez: second alternate in string bass category

Ann Medellin is their teacher.

Columbia River High School

  • Symphony Koss: first place/state qualifier in violin category

David Chartrey is their teacher.

In addition, several students have earned spots in the Washington Music Educators’ Association and National Association for Music Education’s All-State and All-Northwest groups. Congratulations to the following:

Columbia River High School

  • Joseph Bagdovitz, French horn, WMEA All-State Concert Band
  • Symphony Koss, violin, NAfME All-Northwest Orchestra

David Chartrey is their teacher.

Fort Vancouver High School

  • Colwyn Beckman, bass 1, WMEA All-State Symphonic Choir
  • Emily Ronda, soprano 2, NAfME All-Northwest Mixed Choir

Bethany Schweitzer Goshorn is their teacher.

Skyview High School

  • William Duff, tenor 1, WMEA All-State Symphonic Choir
  • Robyn Heath, soprano 1, NAfME All-Northwest Mixed Choir
  • Emily Liu, violin, NAfME All-Northwest Orchestra
  • Erik Okel, cello, WMEA All-State Symphony Orchestra
  • India Watkins, alto 1, WMEA All-State Symphonic Choir

Philip Denton and Sarah O’Mara are their teachers.

Thomas Jefferson Middle School

  • Andrew Kim, cello, NAfME Junior All-State Orchestra

Ann Medellin is his teacher.

Vancouver School of Arts and Academics

  • Alaina Bossert, cello, NAfME All-State Orchestra
  • Evan Howard, cello, NAfME All-State Orchestra
  • Rina Ishii, string bass, NAfME Junior All-State Orchestra
  • Amelia Kim, cello, NAfME Junior All-State Orchestra
  • Christian Ramirez, string bass, NAfME All-Northwest Orchestra
  • Courtney Wilmington, viola, NAfME All-State Orchestra

Ann Medellin is their teacher.