|The Highlands School choir, singing up a storm at the state TAPPS competition.|
Irving, Texas. May 3, 2009. – On April 17th, The Highlands School choir topped nineteen other choirs to win
first place for Division 3A at the Texas Association of
Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) State Vocal and Instrumental Competition.
The choral competition was held at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene.
The competition was divided into specific categories: 11 solos, 3
pop ensembles, 5 small ensembles, 2 large ensembles, and 1
The Highlands School was neck-and-neck against Ovilla Christian
until the final victory. Both schools ended up winning high
scores that were unprecedented in previous TAPPS competitions.
was administered by college professors. Two Highlands soloists, Charlotte Ward
and Mary Fougerousse, were given “superior” marks. Upon hearing Mary´s
voice, her judge suggested she attend Hardin Simmons in the
future and major in music.
Highlands choir director Karen Ward
said, “Our experience was bathed in prayer and scripture –
not just this week but throughout the year. If you
ask the students, they will tell you it was the
Scriptures that guided us. On Friday morning, Elizabeth Rudolph came
to me and said, ‘Maybe we could pray a rosary
on the way to Hardin Simmons....I mean, it might be
a good idea...I´m just saying…you know it might help.’ She
ended up leading the rosary.”
Sophomore Kelly Ward recalls, “The
competition was very rigorous so at the end of the
day when we received first place, we were grateful that
our hard work paid off!”
Established in 1986, The Highlands
School is a Catholic college-preparatory school. Offering grades Pre-K through
12th, the mission of The Highlands School is to provide
the highest quality education and integral formation of the student
as a well-rounded mature youth of character and integrity. Personalized
attention from faculty, staff, and religious provides each student with
the maximum opportunity for growth.