Eagles Soar in All-District Honor Choir

Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Purdy High School All-District Honor Choir members are pictured from left. Front row: Shana Whisman, Makayla Mazza, Emma Mitchell and Areli Garcia. Back row: Drew Graham, Haylie Harris and Jordan Orndorff. Contributed photo

Seven Purdy High School vocal students were named to the 2019 All-District Honor Choir following auditions on Oct. 26 at Joplin High School.

“It was a great day at Joplin High School," said Purdy High School vocal music director Lauren Lee. "My students sang with heart and gave a beautiful concert at day’s end.” An all-day rehearsal ended in a late afternoon concert, under the direction of clinicians Eric Eichenberger (Freshman/Sophomore Choir) and Jonathan Owen (Junior/Senior Choir).

All-State Honor Choir auditions were also held, with 150 students participating. At the conclusion of the concert, Lee was delighted to hear the name of Purdy HIgh School Senior Shana Whisman included in the list of 16 vocalists accepted into the 2020 All-State Choir.

“It never would have been possible without Mrs. Lee," Whisman said. "She believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself, and she held on when all I wanted to do was quit. I am so grateful that she always pushes me to be my best.”

“Shana’s hard work and dedication over the years made all the difference," said Lee. "She has always remained teachable, which is what it takes to succeed in anything in life.”

Lee and Whisman will represent the Purdy Eagles at the All-State Honor Choir Festival at Lake of the Ozarks, January 22-25, 2020. Whisman is the daughter of Shane Whisman of Purdy and Denise Hembree of Granby.