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North Stanly students participate in All-State Chorus

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Katie Earnhardt, Macy Goodwin, Maggie Goodwin, Mary Goodwin, Elithe Hudson, Peter Lee, Monisha Moore, Chris Schumacher and Maverick Whitley represented North Stanly in the North Carolina All-State Chorus April 26-27 in Charlotte.

A formal concert concluded the event in the Crown Ballroom in the Charlotte Convention Center.

These students devoted much time and effort to learn the musical selections in preparation for this event, according to North Stanly High School music teacher Aza Hudson. Students performed musical selections in English, French, Latin and Spanish.

The North Carolina All-State Chorus occurs each year to highlight the talent of singers in grades 9-12. This is an opportunity for students from across the state to come together and polish challenging music.

An accomplished conductor is chosen by music educators to work with each group. Students are screened before rehearsing with their choirs.

All-State Chorus consists of three choirs: a 9th to 12th grades mixed chorus, a women’s choir and a men’s choir. NSHS was represented in all three.

Macy Goodwin is a senior and the daughter of Jeff and Karen Goodwin.

She is an active member of her youth choir and youth band at Prospect Baptist Church.

She enjoys singing, playing ukulele, reading and church activities. At NSHS, Macy is a member of FCC and Teacher Cadets. She plans to attend college this fall and pursue a career in special needs/education.

This was her second year attending All-State Chorus.

Maggie Goodwin is a freshman and is the daughter of Jeff and Karen Goodwin.

In her free time, she enjoys swimming, singing, playing piano, babysitting and watching wrestling.

Maggie also enjoys singing and playing in the youth choir and band at Prospect Baptist Church. She is a member of FCC at NSHS.

This was her first year attending All-State Chorus.

Mary Goodwin is a freshman and the daughter of Jeff and Karen Goodwin.

She loves singing and listening to music and spending time with family and friends. She also enjoys participating in the youth choir and band at Prospect Baptist Church.

This was her first year attending All-State Chorus.

Katie Earnhardt is a junior and the daughter of Michelle and Jeffrey Earnhardt.

She is a member of the North Stanly tennis team. Katie rings in the school’s handbell choir and is a member of chorus. She also enjoys playing tennis with friends and spending time with her family.

This was her first year attending All-State Chorus.

Elithe Hudson is a junior and is the daughter of Kevin and Aza Hudson.

She plays tennis and swims at North Stanly and is a member of the National Honor Society and Beta Club.

She rings in the school’s handbell choir and is a member of chorus. She is active in the youth program, sings, rings handbells and sings in the adult choir at First Baptist Church in Albemarle. She works at the YMCA as a lifeguard.

This was her third year attending All-State Chorus.

Peter Lee is a sophomore and is the son of Ger Lee.

He enjoys singing, fishing and football. He is an active member of the Student Council at North Stanly. He is interested in studying criminal justice. This was his first year attending All-State Chorus.

Monisha Moore is a junior and the daughter of Bobby Lynne Sossamon.

She enjoys swimming, singing and playing the piano. She rings in the school’s handbell choir and is a member of chorus. She is a member of FFC.

Monisha hopes to major in music education.

This was her first year attending All-State Chorus.

Chris Schumacher is a junior and is the son of Lynda and T.J. Schumacher.

He enjoys welding, singing and reading. He is a member of Coding, Skills USA and the North Stanly Quiz Bowl.

This year, he traveled to Raleigh with Skills USA and received third place in Skills USA Electronics Technology and third place in Electronics Blast.

This was his first year attending All-State Chorus.

Maverick Whitley is a senior and is the son of Patrick and Bobbie Whitley.

He is a member of the youth group and church choir at Kendalls Baptist Church. Maverick was a member of the Stanly County Chorale this year.

He enjoys singing and ringing handbells at North. He also enjoys playing piano, acoustic guitar and bass guitar, photography, participating in community service projects and spending time at the Albemarle Music Store.

He received the J & R Newby Presidential Award, the EAD Award and the Honors Ensemble Award.

This fall he plans to attend Southern Wesleyan University to pursue a degree in music ministry and a master’s degree in music education.

This was his fourth year attending All-State Chorus.

“These students are very talented,” Aza Hudson said. “The level of perfection these students achieved is incredible. It is a great experience to sing for this prestigious event.”

There were approximately 700 singers from across North Carolina that participated.

Hudson will retire this school year. For a report, visit https://www.thesnaponline.com/2019/04/28/hudson-to-retire-after-23-years-as-leader-of-north-stanlys-musicians/

— North Stanly High School