Hastings Area School System

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 2017 DIXIE CLASSICS - NATIONAL ADJUDICATORS INVITATIONAL

Last weekend, the Varsity Singers and Select Women’s Ensemble traveled to Chicago to compete in the above festival where they received highest praise from the adjudicators for their performance.  Both groups at the awards ceremony received a the rating of SUPERIOR - the highest national rating that can be awarded at this invitational. 

 
MSVMA STATE CHORAL FESTIVAL

The Varsity Singers, Select Women's Ensemble and the HMS 8th Grade Choir traveled to Holt High School for the MSVMA South State Choral Festival.  The students performed so musically and received highest praises from the collegiate adjudicators and clinicians. 

  • Varsity Singers - Division I
  • Select Women’s Ensemble - Division I
  • 8th Grade Choir - Recognition of Participation

2017 Jazz Festival 

The Varsity Singers and Bella Voce (our women’s vocal jazz club) performed at the TAC Jazz Festival, receiving a clinic from Jed Scott - composer, conductor, clinician, and the future director of the jazz ensemble “Shades of Blue” at GRCC. 
 
MSVMA MIDDLE SCHOOL SOLO AND ENSEMBLE

Congratulations to the Hastings Middle School 8th grade students who participated in the MSVMA Middle School Solo and Ensemble Festival at Crestwood Middle School.

Soloists 

  • Hannah Slaughter - Division I
  • Kennedy Allyn - Division I 
  • Payton Leavitt - Division I
  • Rylee Zalewski-Schaffer - Division II
  • Lilly Johnson - Division II
  • Breena Symonds - Comments Only

 

Small Ensembles

  • Grayson Patton and Hannah Slaughter - Division I
  • Alexander Malmquist and Corey Garrett - Division I
  • Alayna Torres, Haily Christie and Leila Sweeney - Division II

2017 EXCELLENCE AWARDS

Congratulations to the HHS musical cast of “Annie". They participated in the 2017 Excellence Awards at Lakewood HS, where they received the following NOMINATIONS for...
  • Overall Production
  • Best Ensemble
  • Best Direction
  • Best Supporting Actor - Nash Martin
  • Best Leading Actress - Mary Green
  • Best Leading Actor - Logan Peterson
At the awards ceremony, the students were AWARDED...

  • Best Ensemble
  • Honorable Mention - Leading Actress - Mary Green

 

Artists Advance to State!

Six artists from Hastings had their work from the Michigan Art Education Association (MAEA) show advance to the State level. Special recognition to Abigail Beemer whose work is in the Top 15!  
  • Kaitlyn Cabral, "A Call For Help" (oil pastel and tempera)
  • Kenadie Priser, "Portrait of Liza Koshey"
  • "Color City," by Lauren Gee, 3rd
  • "Icy Mountain," by Abigail Beemer, 5th
  • "Expressive Color Treescape," by Collin Tossava, 3rd"
  • Taylor Tigchelaar, HHS

Art Show!

Elementary and Secondary art teachers from Calhoun County and the CISD (Calhoun Intermediate School District) have chosen student artwork for display in our Class Act 2017 exhibition. The free exhibit takes place at the Art Center of Battle Creek beginning Sunday, March 5 and continues through Saturday, March 25. This exhibit celebrates the best artwork created by kindergarten through 12th graders!
 
We invite you to attend our free Class Act 2017 receptions with your student. Because of the tremendous response to the receptions—we have two receptions divided by grade level. The Class Act Elementary (grades K-5) reception will take place on Sunday, March 5 th from 2-4 pm at the Art Center. Art students and their teachers will be honored during this time. Refreshments will be served. Students present will have a chance to win door prizes. The Class Act Secondary (grades 6-12) reception will take place on Sunday, March 19th from 2-4 pm. This exhibit is a juried exhibit with first, second, third and honorable mention awards presented the day of the reception. Refreshments are also served. Exhibiting students have the opportunity to win a door prize during the event.
 
We look forward to meeting you and your family on reception day to celebrate the creativity of these students and their art teachers! If you cannot make the reception, please come in with your artists and family to see the exhibit! We are open Tuesday through Friday from 10 am to 5 pm, and Saturday 11 am to 3 pm. There is no charge to view this wonderful exhibit! 

Drumline of the Year

The Maranda Show came to Hastings High School to video the drumline playing some of their cadences as well as do interviews with the students today. Maranda was so great when she interacted with the students. She spent about an hour with them taking video and talking to all of them. She took pictures with all of them and even had James Wezell, our section leader, teach her how to play a little bit. She tried playing in the line as well and it was pretty funny!
 
All of this footage will air Thursday, February 16 at 4:30pm on WOTV and will then be put online around 6:00pm.
Thank you for all of you who voted for Hastings to be the 2017 Drumline of the Year! Maranda absolutely loved the students and her time here at Hastings. We were very honored to have her and her team with us today.
 
Hastings High School Drumline will be opening for DrumLINE LIVE! Next Thursday, the 23rd, at 7:30pm at Miller Auditorium. They will also get awarded a trophy for winning the competition and get to meet the cast!
 
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