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State UIL Medalist in Solo-Ensemble
At the July 23 Board Meeting, The School Board honored AHS orchestra students who were named Outstanding Performers at the Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest this summer.
Atascocita High School students Bailey Conroy, Aili Kangasniemi, and Kirsten Karamihan were recently awarded the distinguished honor of being selected as an outstanding performer at the University Interscholastic League’s Texas State Solo & Ensemble Contest held on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin over the dates of Saturday, June 1 through Monday, June 3, 2019.
Approximately 100,000 students participate in regional UIL music contests, and roughly 25,000 musicians are then selected to perform at Texas State Solo-Ensemble Contest. Students earn selection to the state contest by receiving a first division-superior rating on a class one solo performed from memory or an ensemble.
During the state level contest students perform for high-profile music educators and music professors from various colleges throughout the state. Students receive critique and a rating at the conclusion of their performance, with the top 2% of soloists receiving the outstanding performer medal.
The three students selected for this award from Humble ISD – senior cellist, Bailey Conroy; rising junior cellist, Aili Kangasniemi; and rising junior harpist, Kirsten Karmihan received a drape medal and formal letter of recognition from Bradley Kent, state director of music for UIL. Kent remarks, “This achievement is truly a mark of musical excellence!” Mr. Kent also notes that the medal awarded is identical to those presented to state champions in all UIL events.
Kent added, “Awards of this nature do not come easily and reflect the efforts of many individuals. Your parents, school and teachers are to be commended for their contribution to your success. I encourage you to share this honor with them. At the same time, remember that you alone through your talent, dedication and hard work made this accomplishment a reality. I extend to you my personal best wishes for continued success as you strive for musical excellence.”
Included in the photo are AHS Principal Bill Daniels, AHS Orchestra Director Colin Catoe, Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Fagen, AHS students Bailey Conroy, Aili Kangasniemi, and Kirsten Karamihan, and School Board President Nancy Morrison.