Ocilla, GA, February 20, 2016
Congratulations to the members of the 2016 Vidalia Comprehensive High School Literary Team who received the highest honors at the Georgia High School Association Region 2-AA Literary Meet on Saturday, February 20, 2016 at Irwin County High School in Ocilla, GA, bringing home the Region Champion trophy for competition in music and literary events. In a region that includes Bacon County, Benedictine, Bryan County, Groves, Jeff Davis, Long County, McIntosh County Academy, and St. Vincent's Academy, Vidalia’s performances brought home the Region Title.
In the music events division for the GHSA, there are four categories of competition: Girls’ Solo, Boys’ Solo, Girls’ Trio, and Boys’ Quartet. Girls’ Soloist Shelby West, soprano, won the region Girls’ Solo title with her renditions of a Handel’s Latin aria “Verdi Prati” and “I Enjoy Being a Girl” by Rodgers and Hammerstein. Taylor Mosley, baritone, represented the school as Boys’ Soloist singing “The Erl King” in German by Schubert and “The Monk and His Cat” by Samuel Barber. Mosley’s singing took the region trophy, receiving a very high score of 98 out of 100 points in adjudication.
Kali Hodges, Shelby West, and Ambria Wheeler, performing for VCHS as Girls’ Trio, won the region title performing Jacob Arcadelt’s “Ave Maria” A Cappella and “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.” The VCHS Boys’ Quartet, Anthony Edgerton, Larry Fussell, Landon Miller, and Taylor Mosley, performed “Poor Man Lazrus” and “Now Is the Month of Maying.” Their performance earned them the top honor in the region meet as well.
Under Literary Coach Hollie Ikner, VCHS students also excelled. Rebecca Hilton placed first in Argumentative Essay, and Josh Bell placed first in Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking. Second place finishers included Elmer Ivon in Personal Essay, and Hannah Ray and Samantha Stanley in Oral Interpretation Duo. Vidalia students also earning points toward the region championship included Josh Bell, third place in Rhetorical Essay, Joshua Sowell, third place in International Extemporaneous Speaking, and Elmer Ivon, fourth place in Humorous Oral Interpretation.
VCHS earned First Place overall in the region, bringing home the region trophy. The school and community can be very proud of this Literary Team. Congratulations to these excellent students, and to Hollie Ikner, Literary Coach, and John Morgan, Choral Director at Vidalia High