The 9th St. Singers were at their best Monday, earning another Gold Trophy in the show choir festival. This year marked the 24th year Chase County hosted the event. (Johnson Publications photo)
 

Chase County’s junior high show choir used some entertaining choreography in its numbers Monday, en route to earning a Gold Trophy, the only junior high group to earn one this year. (Johnson Publications photo)
 

Sydnie Allen opened with a solo for the 9th St. Singers’ first number, “Proud Mary.” Meanwhile, Judges Clayton Moyer, left, and Blake Thompson compare notes at Monday’s show choir festival. (Johnson Publications photos)
 

Both Chase County show choirs rate gold at festival

    Both of Chase County’s show choirs—its junior high and the high school’s 9th St. Singers—earned Gold Trophies at Monday’s show choir festival in Imperial.
    This was Chase County Schools’ 24th year hosting the event sponsored by the Nebraska Choral Directors Association (NCDA).  
    In all, 17 groups performed here Monday, including five junior high show choirs and 12 high school groups.  
    This was the first time attending the festival for Julesburg, Colo., which sent both a junior high and high school show choir. Kimball Junior High’s Infinity also was a first-time attendee.
    Besides Chase County’s two choirs, four other groups were awarded Gold Trophies by the judges including Sutherland’s Strictly Business, Holdrege’s Gold Dust, Bayard’s 21st Century Singers and Kimball’s New Dimension.
    Randy Hayes, Chase County’s 7-12 vocal director, coordinated the festival.
    He said the focus for the event is not competition between the groups, but emphasizes a “standard of excellence” in point totals that a group needs to achieve in order to receive a Gold Trophy in their division.  

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