The 9th St. Singers at Chase County Schools did well at Saturday’s Old West ChoirFest in Scottsbluff, bringing home both the Best of Fest and Best Choreography trophies. It was the first time 9th St. Singers won the Best of Fest. (Courtesy photo)

Ninth St. Singers capture ‘Best of Fest’ trophy at Scottsbluff

Singers also garner best choreography honors

    Chase County’s 9th St. Singers participated in the 35th annual Old West ChoirFest in Scottsbluff Saturday, one of 21 groups on the schedule for the day.
    Groups performed in five different divisions based on school enrollment.  
    Seven groups advanced to finals. They included the winners of four high school group divisions, the next two highest point totals and a wild card.  
    The 9th St. Singers earned a Gold Trophy for its division and moved on to finals, where they earned the second highest point total in the preliminary competition.
    Following the finals, which included the seven that advanced, the three judges awarded the 9th St. Singers with the “Best Choreography” trophy and the coveted “Best of Fest” trophy.
    Director Randy Hayes said this year marked the first time they have won the outstanding trophy at Scottsbluff. While they have earned second and third places several times, they’ve never captured the top trophy.
    “Ten of our 23 singers are brand new to the group this year, seven of whom  are freshmen, so we had a lot of inexperience going into the  Old West ChoirFest this year,” Hayes said.
    “But our singers rose to the occasion and performed with confidence, emotion and excitement,” he said.
    Hayes also expressed appreciation to the parents who traveled to Scottsbluff to support the singers.
    Besides Chase County, other groups performing were from Kimball, Alliance, Bayard, Creek Valley, Chadron, Mitchell, Sidney, Gering, Vista Peak Preparatory and Rangeview Schools from Aurora, Colo., and Vista Ridge Schools in Colorado Springs. Some schools had multiple groups.

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