WHS performers earn honors

Band and choir students receive national recognition

WHS band and choir students accepted into the annual National Association for Music Educator’s All-Northwest/All-State honor groups include, back row, from left: WHS band teacher Kelly Ritter, Riley Miller, Austin Smith-Brown, Bret Wade, Zoe West, WHS vocal music teacher Jen Mahorney and Nick Stevens. Front row: Crystal Saltmarsh, Sydney Niemi and Allix Fisher.

Several Washougal High School band and choir students were recently accepted into the annual National Association for Music Educator’s All-Northwest/All-State honor groups. This is the largest combined group of students from WHS to qualify.

To be accepted, students must complete a rigorous audition process and compete against thousands of other applicants from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana and Alaska.

Students include: Allix Fisher (bass clarinet) - All-Northwest Wind Symphony; Sydney Niemi (baritone saxophone) - All-Northwest Wind Symphony; Riley Miller (trombone) - All-Northwest Wind Symphony; Nick Stevens (bassoon) - All-Northwest Wind Symphony; Crystal Saltmarsh (percussion) - All-State Concert Band; Bret Wade (tenor voice) - All-State Symphonic Choir, Austin Smith-Brown (tenor voice) - All-State Symphonic Choir; Zoe West (soprano voice) - All-State Symphonic Choir.