Ulysses' Hayden chosen as FHSU student ambassador

Tyra Jo Hayden, of Ulysses, was among 25 students chosen to be a VIP Student Ambassador for the 2019-20 academic year at Fort Hays State University.

Hayden is a senior majoring in elementary education.

Ambassadors serve as official representatives for FHSU at a variety of special events, including homecoming, athletic activities, presidential dinners and other gatherings. Students must be full-time undergraduate students with a minimum 2.5 grade-point average and be able to assist with nine to 10 events per year.


GCHS musical groups fare well at state

The Garden City High School music department participated in the state large group contest Wednesday in Dodge City, with one band and two choirs groups earning I ratings.

A panel of judges rated each of the performances in their particular music group.

The GCHS wind ensemble earned a I rating and the symphonic band received a II rating in the band competition.

Les Chantes and Freshman Girls’ Choir combined into a Women’s Ensemble and received a I rating. A Cappella Choir and Modern Show Choir also combined and received a I rating.

The orchestra had two groups competing — the symphonic and philharmonic combined orchestras and the concert and freshman combined orchestras — with each receiving a II rating.


GCHS band students advance to state

Seven band soloists from Garden City High School have advanced to the state band competition after receiving superior ratings April 6 at the regional solo/ensemble contest in Dodge City.

The soloists who received superior ratings and are advancing to state include Juan Moya, trombone; Alonso Reyes, bassoon; Orion Craig, trombone; Veronica Martinez, flute; Faith Whited, euphonium; Daniel Castro, snare drum; and Melissa Fierro, flute.

The state competition is scheduled for April 27 in Topeka.

The following GCHS students also competed and earned excellent rating: Jessica Pammenter, flute; Caleb Tewell; horn; Rodolfo Lozano, alto saxophone; Jenny Tran, tuba; Julia Irsik, clarinet; Abigail Aguilar, flute, Daniel Ordonez, trumpet; Brendan Hoke, flute; Carlos Bluvan, horn; Marilu Rodriguez, flute; Shelby Irsik, flute; and Giselle Martinez, flute.

The GCHS band director is Lyle Sobba, and the assistant band director is Makenzi Johnson.


GCHS orchestra students moving on to state

Four Garden City High School orchestra students earned I ratings April 6 at the regional solo and ensemble contest in Dodge City and will be advancing to the state competition April 27 in Topeka.

The soloists who received I ratings and are advancing to state include Dulce Perez, violin; Kyler Bennett, cello; Jayson Resendiz, bass; and Makenna Methany, bass.

The following students received II ratings on solos and an ensemble: Heidy Aguilar, violin; Brenda Ortiz, violin; Anissa Hinojos, viola; Chelsea Valadez, violin; Cesar Alarcon, viola; Mary Niere, violin; Tyrel Haynes, viola; Melanie Sigala, violin; Christian Argueta, viola; Alondra Guzman, violin; Thida Southavongsa, viola; Eli Ulrich, bass; Anna Lozano, violin; Nayeli Cardenas, viola; Ruby Solorzano, cello; Noah Longoria, viola; Jaelyn Grim, cello; Rayenah Bergstrom, viola; and Senior Ensemble: Danielle Bachman, Lucy Diaz, Caitlyn Harman, Tyrel Haynes, Kaylee Kidd, Mariana Macias, Makenzie Meschberger, Carlos Muro, Ethan Newberry, Brenda Ortiz, Dulce Perez, Irvin Ramirez, Cesar Richters, Eli Ruiz, Melanie Sigala, and Ruby Solorzano.

The following students received III rating on solos: Aley Cannaley, violin; Caitlyn Harman, violin; Sara Chapa, viola; Yesenia Cardenas, violin; Carlos Muro, bass; Camelot Ferrera, cello; and Vivian Lara, violin.

Summer Miller is the GCHS orchestra director.


GCHS choir students fare well at regionals

Five soloists and four ensembles earned I ratings April 6 at the regional solo and ensemble choir contest in Dodge City.

There were four ensembles and 22 soloists from GCHS that competed at the competition. Students receiving a I rating have qualified to perform at the state competition April 27 in Topeka.

The GCHS choir soloists who received I ratings and are advancing to state include Jason Tran, Carson Linenberger, Peter Hall, Kyler Bennett and Kolby Blackburn.

The four ensembles that received I ratings are as follows:

• A Cappella ensemble: Sarah Arrieta, Kolby Blackburn, Kenzie Britton, Aaron Canales, Sky Decker, Peter Hall, Giselle Martinez, Yvonne Mota, Brooklyn Percival, David SanJuan, and Jason Tran.

• Les Chantes ensemble: Ashley Archer, Sarah Arrieta, Eva Condit, Sky Decker, Kiana Hankins, Qualesha Laurelez, Adriana Mendoza, Amy Quintero, Melannie Ramirez, Natalie Rouse, and Maddie Stout.

• Freshman girls ensemble: Anahi Alcantara, Tania Calvario, Lezette Cantaros, Shyla Cowles, Lesly Cruz, Patricia Garone, Mariana Gomez, Anissa Hinojos, Cierra Huber, Odalys Leyva, Mikayla Martinez, Jackie Martinez-Ortiz, Aaliyah Mendez-Aguilar, Isabella Reyes, Sage Riggs, Kristin Roth, Peighton Tabor, Isabella Torres, and Chelsea Valadez.

• Buffalo Men’s ensemble: Kolby Blackburn, Peter Hall, Braeden Koehn, Jayden Loving, DeAngelo Martinez, Damian Ortiz, and David SanJuan.

GCHS soloists who received II ratings include David SanJuan, Drew Unruh, Ashley Archer, Sara Felvus, Maddie Stout, Jasmin Flores, Amy Quintero, Lily Sanchez, Damian Ortiz, Chelsea Valadez, Cierra Huber, and Mariana Gomez.

The GCHS choir director is Misty Baldwin.