The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

Local News

April 30, 2013

Danville High choirs place in to nation’s top 10

DANVILLE — The performances of Danville High School’s Contemporaries and Delegation earned both show choir groups a top 10 rating in the nation.

DHS’ all-female group, Contemporaires, placed seventh in the women’s division, while mixed show choir, Delegation, finished eighth overall last weekend at the National Show Choir Finals held at Arie Crown Theater in Chicago.

In March, the Contemporaires and Delegation both earned first runner-up placements during the FAME competition in Hollywood, giving them a chance to compete against the best show choirs in the nation during the Chicago competition.

The groups are directed by Kassandra Krause.

The top groups from all of the qualifying regional FAME events — including Hollywood, Orlando, New York, Chicago and Branson, Mo. — received a bid to compete at the national competition.

The DHS show choirs competed against 30 groups from California, New York, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Iowa, Texas, Nebraska, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Massachusetts and Arizona.

“Numerous states were represented,” said DHS Principal Mark Neil, who accompanied the DHS show choirs to Chicago on Friday and Saturday.

“I was really proud of our show choirs. Their performance was exceptional,” he said. “I couldn’t have been prouder of them.

“The competition was so intense. The show choirs were from all across the country.”

Neil said the DHS show choirs followed a rigorous schedule during the whirlwind two days in Chicago.

“The students had to get up at 5:30 a.m. twice in a row,” he said. “The first day was a run-through (of their performance) where judges critiqued them.”

After the first practice run with the Contemporaries, Danville students had a few hours to spend at Navy Pier before returning to McCormick Place for the Delegation’s practice run in front of the judges.

The big competition was on Saturday at the 5,000-seat Arie Crown Theater. Neil said the venue was sold out.

DHS junior Christian Cunningham performed a solo as the closer for the DHS performance.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Police, Fire Reports

    April 16, 2014

  • Hoopeston council hears water project update

    Mike Streff, Foth Infrastructure & Environment, LLC, updated city council members Tuesday on the continuing progress of the ground and elevated water storage tank project.

    April 16, 2014

  • Trojans get past Ramblers

    STAFF REPORT sports@dancomnews.com ATTICA, Ind. -- Regan Foster hit a home run and drove in three runs as the Covington softball team defeated Attica 8-5 on Tuesday in Wabash River Conference action. Andi Taylor had three hi

    April 16, 2014

  • Mayor looks for fire committee members by Labor Day DANVILLE - Now with budget discussions done for the time being, Mayor Scott Eisenhauer is looking for people to serve on a committee to analyze the fire division and its future. He'd like recommendations from the committee to the city council by Labo

    April 16, 2014

  • Salary talks go on at meeting DANVILLE -- Few members of the Vermilion County Board came out strongly for or against the issue of salaries for county offices and positions. Members of the Vermilion County Board discussed the issue of salary increases for offices up for election i

    April 16, 2014

  • Hoopeston group discusses economic development

    Economic growth was on the agenda Monday night in Hoopeston as about 50 people gathered at St. Anthony's Parish Hall to discuss an economic development strategy for the city.

    April 15, 2014

  • Covington Middle School students win at Purdue Science Fair

    Eighth-grader A.J. Kline and seventh-graders Shiley Claypool and Diana Shelby told school board members about their science fair projects Monday night. They competed at the Lafayette Regional Science and Engineering Fair at Purdue University last month.

    April 15, 2014

  • Oakwood sells its water and sewer systems

    Village trustees are faced with a responsibility many small towns would love to have — what to do with $2 million in cash.

    April 15, 2014

  • SpaceX delays station delivery launch CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A space station cargo ship will remain Earthbound for a while longer. With less than two hours remaining, the Space X company called off Monday's planned launch from Cape Canaveral. A new launch date was not set; the next atte

    April 15, 2014

  • Banquet to honor Shockey

    April 15, 2014

E-edition
AP Video
Raw: Ferry Sinks Off South Korean Coast Town, Victims Remember Texas Blast Freeze Leaves Florida Panhandle With Dead Trees At Boston Marathon, a Chance to Finally Finish Are School Dress Codes Too Strict? Raw: Fatal Ferry Boat Accident Suspicious Bags Found Near Marathon Finish Line Boston Marks the 1st Anniversary of Bombing NYPD Ends Muslim Surveillance Program 8-year-old Boy Gets His Wish: Fly Like Iron Man Sex Offenders Arrested in Slayings of CA Women India's Transgenders Celebrate Historic Ruling Tributes Mark Boston Bombing Anniversary Raw: Kan. Shooting Suspect Faces Judge
NCAA basketball
NDN Video
Baby Sloths Squeak for Their Cuddle Partners in Adorable Video Miley Cyrus Hospitalized After Severe Reaction To Medicine Raw: Ferry Sinks Off South Korean Coast Toddler climbs into vending machine 8-year-old Boy Gets His Wish: Fly Like Iron Man Much-Anticipated 'Gone Girl' Trailer Finally Debuts! (VIDEO) Dog and Toddler Wear Matching Outfits in Adorable Photo Series VP Biden: "World witnesses ordinary citizens doing extraordinary things" It's Official! Michael Strahan Joins "GMA" Blood Moon Time-lapse Actress Lake Bell Goes Topless The Five Weirdest Local Taxes in America Applicants Vying for 'World's Toughest Job' Get Heartwarming Surprise Awkward: Crist catches Lt. Gov. insulting him on camera NASA Showcases Lunar Eclipse US Airways Tweets Graphic Photo of Nude Woman Behind the scenes of the Marathon anniversary photo shoot American Airlines Responds After Girl Tweets Alleged Terror Threat 'Joke' Charlie White's "Dancing" Mistake Olympic Great & Baltimore Native Michael Phelps Ends Retirement; Eyes Rio
Must Read