NMS students earn top honors

NLJ Staff

Photo courtesy of Tarah Parsons 

On March 12, five Newcastle Middle School band students along with 12 choir students competed at the Music Festival in Gillette. Sixth-graders Ethan Parsons and Caden Mills, pictured, sing a duet at Sage Valley Jr. High in Gillette. The duo received an Excellent rating on their performance.

The Middle School Music Festival was held March 12 at Sage Valley Junior High School in Gillette. Vocal judges were Kimbrie Garcia, Thunder Basin High School, Gillette, and Steve Grussendorf, Central High School, Cheyenne. Sean McKay was the instrumental judge.

Students are ranked as either Good, Excellent, or Superior. 

“I am excited we all ranked either Superior or Excellent,” said NMS Choir Director Jan Ellis when reporting the results.


NMS Music Festival Results

Vocal results:

6th Grade Soloists

1) Ethan Parsons: Excellent 

2) Dominic Ankeney: Excellent

3) Damian Ankeney: Excellent

7th Grade Soloist

1) Aliya Thurgood: Excellent

8th Grade Soloist

1) Kathryn Huber: Superior

6th Grade Ensembles

1) Duet, Ethan Parsons & Caden Mills: Excellent

2) Duet, Dominic Ankeney & Damian Ankeney: Excellent

3) Double Duet, Brylee Caster, Heidi Sanford, Ayonna Hunter, Liliana Cunningham: Superior 

7th/8th Grade Ensemble

1) Double Duet, Aria Wheeler, Josie Smith, Kathryn Huber, Aliya Thurgood: Superior 


Instrumental results:

1) Ethan Parsons, 6th grade, Trumpet solo: Superior

2) Aria Wheeler, 7th grade, Vibraphone solo: Superior

3) Abi Tacy, Brooklyn Guzman, Kenyan Cummings, 6th Grade percussion trio: Excellent

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