Fifteen Ballinger High School students participated in the Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest Saturday at Hendrickson High School and Kelly Lane Middle School in Pflugerville.
Earning Division One, or superior ratings and gold medals were vocalists Bhilli (Billy) Gill, Meredith Gray, Jackson Miller, Zakkary Ottmers, and James Rouse.
Vocalists Luke Carter, Bailey Dunn, Holly Huston, and Jordan Reitmayer earned Division Two, or excellent ratings and silver medals.
Alto saxophonists Meredith Gray and Jackson Miller and vocalists Jack Buxkemper, Augustine DeHoyos, Alexandra Lemus, and Raven Parra all received Division Three ratings.
Each of these students qualified for participation at state by receiving Division One, or Superior ratings in regional competition held in February at Howard Payne University in Brownwood.
Ida Lee Ellis provided the piano accompaniments for the vocalists and Matthew Cleveland was the accompanist for the instrumentalists.
Accompanying the students to state competition were Ballinger ISD's Director of Choral Music Dale Ellis, Ballinger ISD Choral Music Educator Ida Lee Ellis, Ballinger ISD Band Directors Janet Wilson and Matthew Cleveland, and Ballinger High School Theater Director Deidra Dallas. Ballinger High School Assistant Principal Randy Dean provided assistance to the students in their preparations for the state contest.