Columbia Heights High School (CHHS) Senior Nathaniel TwoBears, Freshman Isabella Saldana-Haworth and Sophomore Aiyana Stephens-Moore who earned the highest possible rating at the 2017 Minnesota State High School League Solo and Ensemble Contest. The three, performing on French Horn, Trombone and Flute respectively, earned Superior ratings.
The contest is a statewide adjudicated event with high school musicians competing for the highest scores with their musical selections. To earn a maximum possible 40 points, the students performed solo or ensemble pieces for a judge who scored each in eight categories. Saldana-Haworth earned a score of 37 while Stephens-Moore and TwoBears each earned a total of 36 points. Superior is the highest rating, followed by Excellent, Good or Fair.
The contest was held April 11 at Totino Grace High School. Approximately 300 students, including 30 from CHHS, competed. Saldana-Haworth, Stephens-Moore and TwoBears, who received medals, are directed by Director of Instrumental Activities Ryan Palmer.