VMS ENSEMBLE AND VIKING SINGERS TAKE TOP HONORS AT MUSIC IN THE PARKS FESTIVAL AT KNOTTS BERRY FARM
VMS Ensemble and Viking singers competed in the Music in the Parks festival at Knotts Berry farm on Saturday, May 11. Each choir sang three songs in front of judges before they went on to play in the park.
VMS Choral Director, Olivia Hardy stated that the VMS choral groups usually do very well at this event, but she was apprehensive about how things would play out this year. Olivia had prepped the kids that there was a new school competing there this year; a school that has a full Five Choir program. With such a large program, that school would probably be really good. It turns out, they were good, but VMS was still better, and scored higher!
Both Ensemble and Viking singers scored 1st place trophies in their own categories. Viking Singers also won the overall choral award because they received the highest score out of all the categories.
VMS student, Reilly Crandall, was also awarded with a student accompaniment award. She played the guitar as Viking singers sang “Blackbird” by the Beatles Overall, it turned out to be a perfect day. Congratulations to both groups!
Pictured top, VMS Ensemble, and below Viking Singers.
VMSTV WINS IVIE AWARDS GRAND RECOGNITION HONOR
Competing against the County's best middle school broadcast journalism programs, VMSTV came out on top, Tuesday, May 14, with the iVIE Grand Recognition Award. Each year the County of San Diego chooses one middle school program that it considers the "best of the best."
In front of an audience of approximately 1000 attendees, VMSTV was honored with the "Grand Prize" iVIE for a story produced by 8th graders Bronson Montgomery and Ethan Joves. Their story, "Andres Oches" was produced in Las Vegas earlier this year. The story profiles the courage of a local teen who became a champion motorcycle racer after suffering from a life threatening accident.
The award includes a cash prize, a large trophy, and a SONY HD camera. This is VMSTV's 12th consecutive iVIE Award and our 2nd Grand Recognition Award since we began broadcasting at Valley in 2001.
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