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TAHS choral department honors three seniors for excellence

At the Tyrone High School chorus concert held this past Sunday, three seniors were presented with awards for excellence and achievement in vocal music.
“These awards were created to recognize the achievements of three deserving senior members of the choirs,” said choral director, Cathy Young. “It was my pleasure to present these awards to recognize their individual talents and accomplishments throughout their years at TAHS and to serve as an example for all underclassmen.”
The three awards are given out each year at the end of the spring concert. The awards are the: Lisa Lehman Outstanding Vocalist Award, Kristi Taylor Award for Excellence and Service to the TAHS Choral Department, and the TAHS Most Valuable Vocalist Award.
The recipient of the Lisa Lehman Outstanding Vocalist Award was Ron Muccitelli, son of Rodger and Yvonne Templeton. Muccitelli has been a member of the concert choir for four years and a member of POPS Extension for three years. He has attended the Blair County Chorus festival for four years and qualified for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 6 Chorus Festival this year. Muccitelli played a gambler in the school’s musical “Guys and Dolls” and acted as Simeon in this year’s production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”
The Kristi Taylor Award for Excellence and Service to the TAHS Choral Department was awarded to Erika Latchford, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Verdon Latchford.
“The Kristi Taylor Award for Excellence is presented to a senior member of the Choral department who’s importance to a performance can often go unnoticed and unrecognized,” said Young. “Erika has spent countless hours assisting me with such details as decorating the auditorium for Christmas concerts, photocopying everything imaginable, painting sets, taking sets down after the shows, the list is truly endless as are the hours that she volunteered to making us all look good.”
Latchford has been a member of the Concert Choir for four years and a member of POPS Extension for two years. She participated in County Chorus for four years and qualified for Districts and Regionals this year. Latchford was a member of the cast for “Guys and Dolls,” “Music Man,” and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”
The TAHS Most Valuable Vocalist Award was awarded to Melody Garthwaite, daughter of Roy and Diane Garthwaite.
“The TAHS Most Valuable Vocalist Award recipient is selected by their fellow choir members,” said Young. “This student should demonstrate a high standard of achievement in vocal music, an unusual degree of dependability and commitment, and finally someone who has earned the respect of their fellow choir members through their demonstrated example of musical excellence, leadership and achievement.”
Garthwaite has been a member of concert choir for two years, a member of POPS Extension for three years, and attended the Blair County Chorus Festival for four years. She qualified for the PMEA District and Regional Chorus Festivals two years, and this year reached the PMEA All-State Chorus. Garthwaite also was a member of the school’s production of “Guys and Dolls,” played Marian Paroo in “The Music Man,” and was the Narrator in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”