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Vidalia City Schools Students Perform in All State Chorus
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Tuesday, February 19, 2019
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 Athens, GA, Feb. 16, 2019


Congratulations to four Vidalia City Schools singers who earned the right to perform with the prestigious Georgia Music Educators Association All State Chorus for 2019. Luke Stinnett and Walker Wheeler, junior choral students at VCHS, and Autumn Harris (J. R. Trippe Middle School Eighth Grader) and Landry Wheeler (JRTMS Seventh Grader) were selected for All State membership this year. Each student proved their talents in a rigorous audition process before professional judges. The 2019 All State Chorus performed a beautiful concert in Athens on Feb. 16th.


Students who elect to enter All-State auditions endure a two-tiered elimination process. The first audition consists of three “a capella” scales, a prepared art song (solo), and three sight-reading exercises. Sight-reading means that students must read music that they have never seen before and accurately sing it before the judge after studying it for only thirty seconds. Over 8000 students from across the state competed this year for positions in this chorus. Some were selected to go on to the second tier of auditions that were held in January. This final audition required all students to sing their vocal lines from the actual literature that the All State Chorus performs in concert.


Only the finest singers from the final audition make the cut, and these four Vidalia students did just that. GMEA awarded Walker Wheeler (son of Buddy and Tina Wheeler) his fourth consecutive All State membership. Luke Stinnett (son of Eric and Michelle Stinnett) is an All State member for the third consecutive year, while Autumn Harris (daughter of Brent and Carrie Harris), and the Landry Wheeler (the younger son of Buddy and Tina Wheeler) made All State for the first time. Stinnett also performed in 2017 as a member of the All National Honor Chorus in Orlando, a position only available to All State Chorus members who audition. Walker Wheeler scored a 100% perfect second audition score, obtaining a gold seal on his All State certificate. Harris is the first female chorus student to make All State from VCSS in many years. Because so many females audition from across the state, it is much more difficult to make the cut as a girl.


Vidalia students compete against students from school systems of every size and classification in the state for membership in All State. Larger school systems have several distinct advantages over VCSS, including more funding and more choral staff (VCSS is the only system represented at All State with students from more than one school with only one choral director on staff), yet our students proved they are the best in the state. Of the 66 AA-size high schools in the state (excluding AA magnet arts academies with audition-forced limited enrollment in larger school systems), VCHS was one of seven schools with All State members, and our students represented 20% of the double-A members. JRTMS was one of four middle schools in Georgia feeding AA high schools, with our students representing 28.5% of AA All State members. No other AA school system in our GMEA district or GHSA region was represented except magnet arts schools, and no single-A public schools were represented in the entire state. VCSS remains the system of choice for gifted and talented students in our area, providing opportunities to excel usually afforded only to larger school systems.


Prior to the Allstate performance, the students endured 11 hours of rehearsals with the group, and presented a wonderful concert on the Classic Center stage. The world's finest choral conductors covet an invitation to conduct the GMEA All-State Choruses, considered among the finest in the nation. Congratulations to Autumn Harris, Luke Stinnett and Landry and Walker Wheeler, and to John Morgan, Choral Director at Vidalia Comprehensive High School and J. R. Trippe Middle School.



Our students did a fabulous job representing VCSS at All State Chorus! Their behavior and singing was exemplary. 
See the charts below for statistics for VCSS in comparison with our past and the whole state AA schools:
There are 66 AA High Schools in GA. Only schools with All State Chorus members listed below: High School Students in All-State Middle School Students in All-State
Ashworth Middle School (feeds Gordon Central HS) 0 2
Coosa High School 1 0
Coosa Middle School (feeds Coosa HS) 0 1
Dade County High School 1 0
Davidson Fine Arts (Columbia Co.) AUDITION Magnet 37 0
Gordon Central High School 3 0
J. R. Trippe Middle School (Vidalia City) 0 2
Stilwell School of the Arts (Clayton Co.) AUDITION Magnet 13 0
Pepperell High School 1 0
Pepperell Middle School (feeds Pepperell HS) 0 2
Union County High School 1 0
Vidalia Comprehensive High School 2 0
Washington County High School 1 0
Less Total of AUDITION ONLY Arts Schools in Larger Counties -50 0
Total number of students from AA-sized schools less Arts Magnets 10 7
Vidalia City Schools Student All State Membership Percent of Total AA-size schools (excluding Arts Magnet Schools) 20% 28.50%
Number of AA Schools represented (excluding Arts Magnet) 7 4
  18-19 Raw score 18-19 % score Trend 18-19 17-18 Raw Score 17-18 % score Trend 17-18 16-17 Raw Score 16-17 % Score
VCSS Ave Score 46.36363636 70.24793388 10.34533648% improvement 39.53571429 59.9025974 0.4673356946 39.22727273 59.43526171
JRTMS Ave Score 43.875 66.47727273 12.26851852% improvement 35.77777778 54.20875421 -6.018518519 39.75 60.22727273
VCHS Ave Score 53 80.3030303 10.15151515% improvement 46.3 70.15151515 11.66666667 38.6 58.48484848


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VHS BOY'S TENNIS TEAM TO PLAY AT STATE TOURNAMENT INDIANS BEAT BULLDOGS IN LYONS TO WIN REGION SERIES VHS LADY INDIANS REMAIN UNDEFEATED INDIANS COME BACK TO DOWN RED RAIDERS ROSE JOHNSON HONORED AT YOUNG GEORGIA AUTHORS CEREMONY Lady Indians Place 2nd at Derrick Plankenhorn Invitational John David Hodges Receives Rotary Presidential Scholarship VHS Region 2-AA Literary Champions Sixth Straight Year VIDALIA SINGERS SHINE IN SAVANNAH Lady Indians Place 2nd at Tiger Relays Jha'Deya Rhimes Social Studies Student of the Month for March Boys Track Dominates East Laurens Meet Lady Indians Place First Overall at East Laurens INDIANS DEFEAT TIGERS 5-2 FOR KORN'S 300TH WIN! 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ACADEMY Nyshun Bell Signs with Pikeville Vidalia Wrestling Finishes Second at Area Tournament FBLA Successful in Coffee County INDIANS SWEEP BULLDOGS FOR SENIOR NIGHT Vidalia Wrestling Finishes Fourth at Sweet Onion Classic Lady Indians Compete in Alabama VIDALIA WRESTLING QUALIFIES FOR STATE DUALS Vidalia Wrestling Places Three at Lambert Hook ‘Em Classic VHS Robotics Finishes 3rd in Southeast Georgia FTC Rankings Brother and Sister at VHS Sign with BPC to play Soccer VHS Students Remember Pearl Harbor VHS Students Lasso and March into History Vidalia Wrestling Places 2nd at Morgan County Christmas Classic Voice of Democracy Winners Indians Place Seventh at Yellow Jacket Duals Dr. Ferry Named Teacher of the Year for VCS Vidalia Sweeps Dublin in First Game played in New Gym VIDALIA SCHOOL SYSTEM SUPERLATIVES INDIANS RUN INTO THE PLAYOFFS WITH 42-13 WIN VHS One-Act Wins REGION! 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TyQuan Powell State Champ in 300 Hurdles Track Results for Lady Indians Track Results for VHS Boys Bryce Spivey Earns STAR Student Status at VHS The Lady Indians Competed at the Statesboro Last Call Region Prep Meet VHS Tennis Host Region 2AA Championships Bryce Spivey Earns STAR Student Status at VHS Lady Indians Place 1st in Annual Track Meet Vidalia Downs Swainsboro Tennis Ready for Region NHS Donates to Rachel's House Indians Golf Team Wins at Metter Lady Indians Track Results: Fitzgerald Meet Vidalia Choirs Receive High Honors in Performance VCHS Students Awarded Top Honors at Area Literary Meet Lady Indians Place 6th at Annual Swamp Relays Indians Take Second At Friday Night Lights Meet Lady Indians Place 3rd at Friday Night Lights Rise Up Indians Juniors Visit STC Vidalia High Students Perform in All State Chorus Manager Becomes Player New Update for New School National Guard Takes over Math Finance Class Vidalia Wrestling Qualifies 8 for State Special Recognition for Coach Parsons and Coach Reid VHS Literary Music Team Entertains Retired Educators NHS Induction BETA Club holds Induction Ceremony Vidalia Wrestling Places 3rd at Area Tournament Lady Indians Track Place 13th out of 177 Schools from Around the Nation 4-H Sponsors Red Cross Blood Drive VHS Students Participate in Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade Vidalia Wrestling Places 4th at Sweet Onion Memorial Indians Defeat Bulldogs in Two Indians Sweep Eagles Vidalia Wrestling Places Third at Fitzgerald Invitatio DECA Going to State VCS Robotics Football Banquet 2017 Vidalia Wrestling Wins Viking Invitation Coach Reid To Be Inducted Into GACA Hall of Fame The Bleacher Creatures are BACK Luke Stinnett Earns National Music Recognition Engineering Student Opportunity Key Club Holds Officer Induction Students complete ADAP program VHS Students Attend FBLA Fall Leadership Conferences Sutton Signs With Georgia Southwestern Rising Scores for VHS A Week at VHS VHS One-Act Region Champs Again!! ACT Performance Martasia Johnson Crowned 2017 Homecoming Queen. Vidalia Students Honored in Savannah Homecoming Highlights Lady Indians Advance To The Sweet 16! Logan Reid named to GHSA Student Advisory Council Competition Cheer Team Continues Hard Work JROTC Thunderbolt Raider Team Places 1st Raffle for Journalism VHS Welcomes New Teachers New School Construction New Parking Lot & Banners AP Monetary Rewards Indians Finish Second at Boys AA State Golf Tournament Lady Indians Win AA State Golf Championship! Class of 2017 Graduation Awards Day Lady Indians placed 3rd at the GHSA AA Track and Field State Championships VHS Boys Track Win STATE CHAMPIONSHIP! Conley Signs With Barons Vidalia Lady Indian Golf Team Wins Their 8th Region Title VHS Students Preparing for the Workforce! K.E. Butler & Company Jewelers Helps Students Reach Their Goals! 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