GCHS students advance to state in various events

National FCCCLA STAR competition

Garden City High School members of the Kansas Association of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) attended the annual State Leadership Conference and STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) Event Competition on April 9 in Wichita. 

To move on to nationals, students must place 1st or 2nd in the state in their categories and score at least an 85 percent from a panel of three judges.

Top finishers included:

Caitlyn Harman, 1st in state, gold, national qualifier, Advocacy;

Jason Tran, 2nd in the state, silver, national qualifier, Applied Math for Culinary Management;

Culinary Team: Lydia Martinez, Victoria Ramirez, and Daniel Nunez, 1st in state, silver,  national qualifier. Each also received a $2,000 scholarship;

Food innovations Jr., Emily Chandler and Audrey Norquest, 2nd in state, gold, national qualifier, Food innovations; Ryan Glaze, 2nd in state, silver, national qualifier; and Katie Chandler, 1st in state, gold, national qualifier, Leadership. 

The following students also competed and placed at state with their STAR events: Isabel Stratman, silver, Recycle & Redesign Jr.;  Brayley Fraizer, silver, Recycle & Redesign Sr.; Seferino Ramirez, silver, Recycle & Redesign occ.;  Connor Hipp, bronze, Sports Nutrition; Thida Southavong, silver, Fashion construction;  Ivy Servin, silver, Fashion construction; Tammy Troung, silver, Fashion design; Daisy Rivas, Mia Zapien , and Janessa Montez, bronze, Interior design; and Karmen Herrera, bronze, Interpersonal Communications.

In Leadership Educational Opportunity events the following students placed with Red ribbons (100-90%) and White ribbons (90-80%):  Emily and Katie Chandler, three events, all red ribbons; Katie Chandler, Towards New Horizons, white ribbon; Carlos Muro, Towards New Horizons, white ribbon; Karen Janett Vargar De La Torre, Brenden Cabral, and Janett Vargar De La Torre, white ribbon; Isabel Stratman, red ribbon; Audrey Norquest, red ribbon; and Thida Southavong and Ivy Servin, FCCLA in action, white ribbon.  Morelia Saldana and Tiffany Ramirez, Focus On the Basics, received a grey ribbon.

Robyn Hilt and Elisabeth Maldonado are the Garden City High School FCCLA advisors.

Orchestra students advance

Forty Garden City High School orchestra students traveled to Dodge City High School for regional solo and ensemble contest on April 6 with four students advancing to the state competition in Topeka on April 27.

GCHS orchestra soloists that received a “I” rating and are advancing to state include: Dulce Perez, violin; Kyler Bennett, cello; Jayson Resendiz, bass; and Makenna Methany, bass.

The following students received a “II” rating on solos and an ensemble: Heidy Aguilar, violin; Brenda Ortiz, violin; Anissa Hinojos, viola; Chelsea Valadez, violin; Cesar Alarcon, viola; Mary Niere, violin; Tyrel Haynes, viola; Melanie Sigala, violin; Christian Argueta, viola; Alondra Guzman, violin; Thida Southavongsa, viola; Eli Ulrich, bass; Anna Lozano, violin; Nayeli Cardenas, viola; Ruby Solorzano, cello; Noah Longoria, viola; Jaelyn Grim, cello; Rayenah Bergstrom, viola; and Senior Ensemble: Danielle Bachman, Lucy Diaz, Caitlyn Harman, Tyrel Haynes, Kaylee Kidd, Mariana Macias, Makenzie Meschberger, Carlos Muro, Ethan Newberry, Brenda Ortiz, Dulce Perez, Irvin Ramirez, Cesar Richters, Eli Ruiz, Melanie Sigala, and Ruby Solorzano.

The following students received a “III” rating on solos: Aley Cannaley, violin; Caitlyn Harman, violin; Sara Chapa, viola; Yesenia Cardenas, violin; Carlos Muro, bass; Camelot Ferrera, cello; and Vivian Lara, violin.

Summer Miller is the GCHS orchestra director.

Band students advance

Garden City High School band students traveled to Dodge City for Regional Solo/Small Ensemble contest on April 6. 

Seven solos received a “Superior” Rating and advanced to the state competition at Topeka on April 27, including: Juan Moya, trombone; Alonso Reyes, bassoon; Orion Craig, trombone; Veronica Martinez, flute; Faith Whited, euphonium; Daniel Castro, snare drum; and Melissa Fierro, flute.

The following students also competed and earned an “Excellent” rating: Jessica Pammenter, flute; Caleb Tewell; horn; Rodolfo Lozano, alto saxophone; Jenny Tran, tuba; Julia Irsik, clarinet; Abigail Aguilar, flute, Daniel Ordonez, trumpet; Brendan Hoke, flute; Carlos Bluvan, horn; Marilu Rodriguez, flute; Shelby Irsik, flute; and Giselle Martinez, flute.

The GCHS band director is Lyle Sobba; assistant band director is Makenzi Johnson.

Choir students advance

Garden City High School choir students traveled to Dodge City High School for regional solo and ensemble contest on April 6.  Four ensembles and 22 soloists competed. 

Students receiving a “I” rating qualified to perform at state competition in Topeka on Saturday, April 27.

The GCHS choir soloists that received a “I” rating and are advancing to state include: Jason Tran, Carson Linenberger, Peter Hall, Kyler Bennett, and Kolby Blackburn.

The school had four ensembles perform and all four groups received a I rating.  The ensembles include:

A Cappella Ensemble:  Sarah Arrieta, Kolby Blackburn, Kenzie Britton, Aaron Canales, Sky Decker, Peter Hall, Giselle Martinez, Yvonne Mota, Brooklyn Percival, David SanJuan, and Jason Tran.

Les Chantes Ensemble:  Ashley Archer, Sarah Arrieta, Eva Condit, Sky Decker, Kiana Hankins, Qualesha Laurelez, Adriana Mendoza, Amy Quintero, Melannie Ramirez, Natalie Rouse, and Maddie Stout.

Freshman Girls Ensemble: Anahi Alcantara, Tania Calvario, Lezette Cantaros, Shyla Cowles, Lesly Cruz, Patricia Garone, Mariana Gomez, Anissa Hinojos, Cierra Huber, Odalys Leyva, Mikayla Martinez, Jackie Martinez-Ortiz, Aaliyah Mendez-Aguilar, Isabella Reyes, Sage Riggs, Kristin Roth, Peighton Tabor, Isabella Torres, and Chelsea Valadez.

 Buffalo Men’s Ensemble:  Kolby Blackburn, Peter Hall, Braeden Koehn, Jayden Loving, DeAngelo Martinez, Damian Ortiz, and David SanJuan.

The GCHS soloists that received a “II” rating include: David SanJuan, Drew Unruh, Ashley Archer, Sara Felvus, Maddie Stout, Jasmin Flores, Amy Quintero, Lily Sanchez, Damian Ortiz, Chelsea Valadez, Cierra Huber, and Mariana Gomez.

The GCHS choir director is Misty Baldwin. 

Music Department rates at State

The Garden City High School music department participated in the State Large Group Contest held April 10 at Dodge City High School. A panel made up of three judges rated each of the performances in their particular music group.

GCHS took two bands to state competition.  Symphonic Band received a “II” rating and the Wind Ensemble took a “I” rating.

There were two choirs that participated in the state competition.  Les Chantes and Freshman Girls’ Choir combined into a Women’s Ensemble under the direction of Miss Henning and received a “I” rating.  A Cappella Choir and Modern Show Choir combined and received a “I” rating.  

The orchestra had two groups compete at state.  The Symphonic and Philharmonic combined orchestras received a “II” rating.  The Concert and Freshman orchestras performed together and received a “II” rating.