St. Pius X High School had more than 20 students take top honors at the 2018 TAPPS State Solo and Ensemble Competition on March 20 and the MA National Contest on March 23-25.
SPX band and orchestra students, under the leadership of Band Director Robert Carlin, showed strong skills with eight students taking Division 1 Superior and 6 students earning Division 2 Excellent performances. Those who earned superior marks were Senior Carolina Corzo, flute; Senior Marvin Deaver, tuba; Junior Loc Duong, trombone; Junior Raquel Haddad, flute; Junior Justin Nguyen, cello; Junior Sophie Rodarte, flute; Junior Lauren Williams, viola; and Sophomore Gia Cabacungan, percussion.
Those who received excellent marks were Senior Max Foye, clarinet, Senior Charles Zhu, violin; Junior Xuanqi Li, violin; Sophomore Blake Deery, trombone, Sophomore Nathan Matas, percussion; and Freshman Louis Eagleton, percussion. Additionally, Corzo, Haddad and Rodarte earned a Division 1 Superior mark in the ensemble category as the SPX Flute Trio.
Competing at the MA National Contest in Fort Worth on March 23-25, the SPX Winter Guard, under the direction of Carlos De Los Santos, earned a Division 1 Superior rating and brought home a trophy. The Winter Guard team is comprised of Senior Alex Calderon and Freshmen Kate Mytchak, Hannah Sebesta, Shelbie Kay, Yarian Garcia, Kendahl Haltiwanger and Noelia Luna. The group was judged on appearance, choreography, technique, precision, presentation, showmanship and general effect.
At the same competition, Senior Anita Hopmann, under the direction of Twirling Coach Robin Crossland, was honored with a Division 1 Superior rating and trophy for twirling. She was judged on the same criteria as the Winter Guard group. Hopmann also was awarded second overall in twirling at the MA National Competition.
Earlier in the month, Hopmann competed at the National Baton Twirling Association Southwest Regional Competition at College Park High School in the Woodlands on March 18-19. She placed third in open solo amongst hundreds of entries."Our students had a phenomenal showing at all of these competitions and we in the SPX community couldn't be more proud," said Carlin. "These kids really shined, highlighting all of the hard work they put in to their performances."