HAPPY—Members of Warrior Jazz and Show Choirs pose with their Grand Champion trophy Saturday at the Emmetsburg, Iowa, Extravaganza competition.

Classic Connection takes Grand Champion honors
Four groups all finish strong in Iowa event

By Logan Uttecht
Classic Connection Show Choir members earned Grand Champion honors at the Emmetsburg Extravaganza Saturday in Emmetsburg, Iowa.
In total, four WHS choirs participated in the event. Vocal Jazz I took first place in Class 4A in their division. Senior Milton Padilla was the outstanding male jazz soloist. Vocal Jazz II finished second in the Prep Jazz division.
For the show choirs, the JV show choir Stage Lights was the prep division show choir champion. Classic Connection, the varsity show choir, finished second in prelims to Des Moines, Iowa, Dowling High School, but stepped-it-up and took Grand Champion in the finals. Classic Connection also took caption awards for Best Band, Best Choreography and Best Female Soloist for senior Hollie Leggett.
Sophomore Alex Ludens said he was happy with their performance, but is also looking to improve. 
“It went pretty well,” Ludens said. “We all got a win, so that’s always good. We are looking for more energy next time, showing that we truly love and enjoy it.”
Director Jeff Spencer said that he was also pleased. 
“Classic Connection finished second in prelims,” Spencer said, “but put on a phenomenal performance in finals and was awarded Grand Champion!”
The show choirs will next host their annual large show choir event, the Best of Show competition Friday night and Saturday at WHS.



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