The Ottumwa Courier


March 11, 2014

Confidence on stage, humility off stage

OTTUMWA — The seniors in Sudden Impact! are just beginning to realize that they only have two show choir competitions left in their high school career.

If the last two are as successful as the first two have been, it's going to be an exciting journey to the end of the season.

"Music as competition brings out something in you. You put forth this whole effort, and there's a sense of accomplishment, like 'You've made it!' It makes it worthwhile when you put forth all of that effort individually and as a group," said Brandon "Lee" Hankins, one of the show choirs seniors.

The show choir competition season for OHS began on Feb. 22 in Indianola, where Sudden Impact! placed first. Last weekend in Ft. Madison, they were named third runner-up out of 19 schools.

Madalynn McKelvey was named Best Female Vocalist of the day at both competitions OHS has been in this year.

"The fact that we obtain that sense of accomplishment while creating art with other people is incredible," she said. "I've been doing this for four years, and I love it."

In Iowa, schools send invitations when they host their competitions. Anyone who wants to attend can RSVP, thereby setting their own competition schedule for the year. This weekend, Sudden Impact! will travel to Cedar Rapids, Washington and then to West Deleware in Manchester after that.

"I love going to competitions and spending so much time with everyone. It's like a big family," Abbie Budan described.

The daytime competition is within the class, then the top five or six schools compete against each other, regardless of which class they're in.

"We put as much effort, if not more, into it now because there's still a long way to go. You never reach your peak," Caleb Copple said.

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