SIX ACHS CHORAL STUDENTS SELECTED TO ALL STATE CHORUS Six Appling County High School students are now known as six of the elite high school choral students in the State of Georgia after being selected to participate in the prestigious All State High School Chorus. Kelly Le, Keion Jackson, Gabe Spell, Tristan Pate, Jesse Tomberlin and Jaden Giles are a part of the 1600 students selected from the entire state to participate in the choirs. According to Appling County High School choral director, Karen Davis, getting into the All State Chorus is not an easy matter. The auditions consist of memorizing a solo and performing it before two judges, singing three scales, and singing three examples of music that they have never seen before, with no assistance, in less than 30 seconds. Each student had to spend time outside of class to prepare for their audition. “All six of these students are exceptional musicians and they always work hard at everything that they do, “ says Mrs. Davis. “Most of these students are not able to take chorus as a class all year like most of the students they compete against and most choirs also start in the 6th grade, giving their students two years worth of experience that our students don’t receive. The fact that these students still excelled to attain acceptance to All State Chorus is a testament to their talent and work ethic. Only the top 10 percent of singers in the state of Georgia make All State. Those students that do make All State in their high school years are able to receive scholarships to college.” This year’s All State event will be held at the University of Georgia’s Classic Center on February 17-19th. Each choir will perform a 30-minute program consisting of music from classical to world music. “All State is an excellent opportunity for students to sing choir pieces that would be out of the reach of most high school programs,” added Mrs. Davis.