Waukee Star Struck
Waukee High School (WHS) hosted Waukee Star Struck, a two-part choir event, on January 16 and 17. What began as a middle school show choir contest several years ago has grown into one of the largest contests of its kind in the Midwest. An estimated 5,000 people circulated throughout WHS in just a matter of two days.
This event is the single biggest event that Waukee School District hosts all year. “Our philosophy of this event is to provide an educational experience for all schools attending,” Matt Huth, director of Waukee’s Millennium Varsity Show Choir, said.
The Show Choir Invitational was held in the Fieldhouse, which was transformed from a gymnasium into a 2,400 seat auditorium for the performances. Schools from around the Midwest participated in the contest, divided up by school size and type. Groups performed and were judged by three scoring judges and one clinician who works with them in the choir room after their performance to enhance their show.
Waukee Millennium and Waukee Spirit did not compete; they performed in a setting similar to that of a Parent Preview. The Jazz Choir Festival was held in the auditorium. Instead of competing, jazz choirs performed in a festival setting. A Jazz Choir Specialist worked with groups in a clinic format.
Millennium has competed at Cedar Rapids “Premiere”, where they earned 2nd place and Best Vocals, and at Johnston “Showzam”, where they won 1st place, Best Band, Best Vocals, Best Choreography and Grand Champions. The group will be competing at Urbandale on February 14 and Westwood Sloan on March 14. They will also be hosting a free end-of-the-year Show Choir/Jazz Choir Extravaganza in the WHS auditorium on March 9.
Senior Ridg Downs is in his third season with Millennium. “This season has been a bit crazy so far! Since the majority of Millennium this year is comprised of new teammates, they have spent a lot of time getting acclimated to this group and learning how much hard work goes into it. I really enjoy the family feel you get while singing, dancing and sweating with fifty-five other people onstage. Everyone knows everyone and we all take a lot of care in respecting each person. The way we bond so naturally and remain bonded over time is what sets us apart from other extracurricular activities, in my opinion,” Downs said. “Give us a chance to change any preconceived notions you may have about show choir. It is definitely not easy! Dancing and smiling for twenty-five minutes straight is extremely hard but when you add in the singing factor, things get much more difficult! Come to one of our remaining performances this season and support us if you can!”
Waukee Star Struck Final Results:
- Ankeny Centennial
- WDM Valley
- Iowa City West
- Sioux City East