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Seven Ballinger High School students take division 1 ratings in UIL Regional Vocal Competition & advance to state.
The below release was written by BISD choir director, Dale Elllis
Ballinger High School students Evan Busenlehner, Emma Cullen, Kira Garcia, Tashaja Gonzales, Conner Gray, Reagan Helms, and Aiden Knight each received Division 1 (Superior) ratings and gold medals on their class 1 (high difficulty level) vocal solos at the Region 6 UIL Vocal Solo and Ensemble Contest, held at Angelo State University in San Angelo, Saturday, February 6. Each of these students are qualified for participation in the Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest, to be held virtually this year at a time yet to be determined near the end of May.
Each of these vocal students demonstrated great preparation and presented wonderful performances. They each made huge strides in developing their vocal abilities and were recognized by Vocal Chair for Region 6, Landon Gilmore, for their maturity and appropriate representation of their school.
Ida Lee Ellis played the piano accompaniments for the students.
Dale Ellis is director of BISD secondary choral activities. Ballinger Junior High Band Director Matthew Cleveland greatly assisted the students in their preparation and warm-ups for their performances.
Paint Rock Masonic Lodge Community Builder award
On February 4th, 2021, at a Open presentation of Paint Rock Masonic Lodge # 613, Mr. Duane Joseph Schniers of Paint Rock Community was presented the Masonic Community Builder Award, for his many contributions to Paint Rock Community. The award, is for his many years of serving his Community and for his honest and integrity as a carpenter and contractor in the area, for being Mayor of the City of Paint Rock for many years, and for assisting with fundraisers during Hunter Appreciation weeks and Concho County Livestock events. We would like to recognize Mr. Schniers's contributions thru this Award.