Division I ratings and academic achievement ...

The Waukon High School Music Department traveled to Decorah for the Iowa High School Music Association Large Group Festival Friday, May 3. Each ensemble performed for three judges during the event and those judges’ scores were averaged to reach a final rating for each group. The Mixed Concert Choir (pictured at center), JV Women’s Choir (pictured at right below) and the Concert Band (pictured above) each received a Division I rating, the highest rating that can be achieved at State contests.

These three ensembles have also been recognized by the Iowa High School Music Association for academic achievement. The Concert Choir and JV Choir each received the standard of Academic Excellence by achieving a combined grade point average (GPA) of 3.0-3.24. The Concert Band received the standard of Distinguished Academic Excellence by achieving a GPA over 3.25 on a 4.0 scale. The choirs are under the direction of Sarah Palmer. The band is under the direction of Jo Ann Knipfer Sherman. Submitted photos.

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