GRETNA, NE - The Emmetsburg High School Varsity Show Choir, “High Voltage”, earned fifth runner-up honors in their first competition of the season this past Saturday. Competing at the Gretna, NE “Primetime” Competition, High Voltage won the small-school division competition in the preliminary rounds, earning a berth in the evening finals, where they finished as the fifth runner up. “I am so proud of these performers,”?noted Emmetsburg High School Vocal Director Luke Miller. “They have worked so hard since the holiday break and continue to get better and better every time they take the stage.” Competing against schools including Millard West, Grand Island, Ralston and Omaha North, as well as Cedar Rapids Jefferson, in the evening finals, “High Voltage”?would finish sixth out of the seven finalists, beating out Omaha North High School. Millard West won the Grand Championship, followed by Cedar Rapids Jefferson, Grand Island, Millard West’s Uptown Girls and Ralston. Following the preliminary round during the day, Emmetsburg defeated Fort Calhoun, NE and Underwood, IA in the Small School division to qualify for the finals. The top seven schools in total points earned berths in the finals, and “High Voltage” had the sixth highest point total at the end of the preliminary round. Other schools competing in Saturday’s invitational included Council Bluffs Lincoln and Lincoln Northeast, of Lincoln, NE. “This was a great effort for our first competition of the season,”?noted Miller. “We learned some things we can make better in our show for our next competition, which is this Saturday at Dallas Center-Grimes.” The Emmetsburg Junior Varsity Show Choir, “Black and Gold” will open their season next Wednesday, Jan. 25, at the Iowa Lakes Community College Jazz and Show Choir Festival. Both groups will then compete in the Iowa High School Music Association State Show Choir Contest on Monday, Jan. 30 here in Emmetsburg. Both groups will also compete at the Dutch Masters Classic in Pella on Saturday, Feb. 18.
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