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Over 100 musicians & vocalists to participate in HAWKFEST

Over 100 musicians & vocalists to participate in HAWKFEST

NORFOLK, NE – A large number of area high school musicians and vocalists will showcase their talents soon at Northeast Community College. The institution’s music department will host its second annual HAWKFEST on Monday, October 21.

The event will feature 110 students, approximately 50 in band and 60 in choir, from 23 area high schools.

The honor band will be under the direction of Kevin McLouth, director of instrumental activities at Northeast, while the honor choir will be led by Stewart Cramer, Northeast’s director of vocal activities.

McLouth said students earned entrance to HAWKFEST through an audition process.

“Participating students will spend the day in intense rehearsals that will culminate in a public performance that evening,” he said.  

The performance will be held at 5:30 p.m., in the Lifelong Learning Center on Northeast’s Norfolk campus. It is free and open to the public.

Participating high schools include Allen Consolidated, Battle Creek, Clearwater, Creighton, Crofton, Elkhorn Valley Schools, Hartington-Newcastle, Homer, Lakeview (Columbus), Lutheran High Northeast, Neligh-Oakdale, Oakland-Craig, O’Neill, Osmond, Pierce, Ponca, Pope John XXIII (Elgin), Randolph, St. Edward, Wakefield, Wausa, West Point-Beemer, and Winside.

Honor Band members include,

Battle Creek - Kaleb Kummer, Britney Kreikemeier, Jeston Hassler, Zoe Hassler, Haley Hrabanek, Meghan McCracken, Hannah Maslonka, and Ethan Miller.

Creighton - Brian Johnson, Mallory Nielsen and Makayla Shonebarger.

Crofton - Kelsey Schieffer.

Hartington-Newcastle - Kaitlyn Willis.

Homer - Malaki Holmes, Emylee Jewett and Saraj Jewett, Skylar Moe, and Brooklynn Schmidt. 

Lutheran High Northeast - William Bryant and Ally Moreno.

Neligh-Oakdale - Emma Bixler, Hailey Bixler, Jorden Fulsaas, Trey Svatos, and Parker Tinsley.

Oakland-Craig - Connor Mockenhaupt and Trinity Seery.

O'Neill - Kolby Dean, Kyler Dean and Christopher Jennings.

Osmond - Diandra Polt, Kaden Polt and Connor van Rentzell.

Pierce - Sarah Fenton, Nik Harvey and Klarissa Norris.

Ponca - Sarah Beach, Thomas Chase, Matthew Hayes, Lucas Hoesing, Austin Janssen, Matthew Lentz, Brandon Mellick, Grace Rooney, and Nate Ruhrer.

Randolph - Alex Heiman and Tyson Junck.

Winside - Toby Heinemann and Edward Olander.   

Honor Choir members include,

Allen Consolidated - Lukas Oswald.

Battle Creek - Karlie Alder, Dylan Hamilton and Emma Wilkinson.

Clearwater - Lauren Behnk, Taylor Anne Bolling and Taylor Rose Bolling.

Elkhorn Valley Schools - Madison Schaffer, Angel Qualset and Ruth Vigil.

Hartington-Newcastle - Zach Burcham, Logan Castillo, Hope Hulit, Alison Karnes, Kalyn Martinson, Matthew Meisenheimer, and Leah Reichle.

Lakeview (Columbus) - Karla Diaz, Tyghanna Ellis, Lucien Engel, Hannah Kitt, Ella Meyer, Tosha Ortmeier, Maddingly Splittgerber, and Ethan Goldfish Vinson.

Lutheran High Northeast - Macee Goehmann, Zachary Sweigard, Kalina Vavra, Isaac Weander, and Brendan Westlake.

Neligh-Oakdale - Sadie Heckert, Trinity Kurpgeweit and Colby Sehi.

Osmond - Allison Aschoff, Holly Jensen and James Umberger.

Pierce - Colt Arnold, Miles Garcia and Morgan Schnoor.

Ponca - Ethan Goodier and Cole Monteith.

Pope John XXIII (Elgin) - Linus Borer.

St. Edward - Lacie Cruise, Brandon Merrell, Sophie Reeves, and Drake White.

Wakefield - Sahrai Luna, Kaleigh Mattes, Logan Slama, Divon Tinsley, and Zephan Tinsley.

Wausa - Hailey Seagren and Ann Woockman.

West Point-Beemer - Shana Lininger, Anna Mayes, Jaylyn Nemec, Gerardo Osorio, and Brittany Pena.

Winside - Jayden Fuchs and Jasmine Nelson.  

For more information on HAWKFEST, contact McLouth at (402) 844-7355.



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Area high school vocalists perform during the inaugural HAWKEST honor choir performance at Northeast Community College in 2018. The second annual event, featuring 110 honor band and honor choir members from 23 area high schools, will be held Monday, October 21, on the Northeast campus in Norfolk. A performance of both groups will be held at 5:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public.