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MES Sixth Grade Girls Sing for Honor Choir

January 29, 2009

     Alexis Schneider, Rainna Reimer, Madison Reichmann, Fallon Haynes, and Lauren Dewell, all MES students, were among 200 sixth grade students from the southwest district selected to perform in this year's SWKMEA Elementary Honor Choir.  To prepare for the performance the girls' worked with vocal music instructor, Mike Rempel, to learn six new songs covering a variety of genere.  Included in the song list was an African-American Spiritual piece, a Latin piece, the tongue-twister: "The Tree Toad", as well as "Bare Necessities" from the movie The Jungle Book.  Mr. Rempel and girls worked in the mornings before school as well as after school to learn the music in order to be ready for the stage.  Unfortunately, Lauren Dewell was unable to participate in the public performance, but is commended for her commitment to learning the music and working with Mr. Rempel and her classmates.

     On the morning of January 24th the talented quartet traveled to Dodge City Middle School.   The entire group  of students worked all morning, under the direction of Greg Bontrager of Goessel,  to prepare for their afternoon public performance.   Due to their previous hard work and commitment, as well as having an excellent music teacher, the girls were ready to perform.  When asked about working with the girls, Mr Rempel commented that it was a pleasure to work with such talented, hard working students.  He felt the girls were terrific representatives of our community and our school.  

     One mission of the Kansas Music Educators' Association (KMEA) is to improve the quality of music education in Kansas.  KMEA offers talented vocal and band students, elementary through high school, opportunities to challenge and strengthen their musical abilities, as well as meet other music students from their area and around the state.  

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