MENDOTA - Mendota High School was represented recently by six musicians who received All-State bids based on an audition held in October. The journey to becoming an All-State musician began across the state of Illinois last fall, when over 20,000 high school musicians competed for spots in the district ensembles.
Lori Schrock, MHS chorus director, said students compete against each other regardless of school size and approximately 3-4 percent of the students who audition in the fall are chosen for All-State recognition.
The six MHS students who were selected for All-State this year are Mia Artman - Honors Band, Bonnie Hall - All-State Chorus, Noah DeLong - Honors Chorus, Cole Pursell - Honors Chorus, Jenna Stanford - Honors Chorus and Jacob Stohr - Honors Chorus. Schrock noted that Jenna and Jacob have been selected three times. “The ILMEA changed the rule to include all sophomores when Jake and Jenna were sophomores,” Schrock noted. “They are the first from MHS be three-timers!”
The six MHS All-State musicians recently attended a four-day conference held in Peoria, where they spent 15 hours in rehearsals with world-famous conductors that ended in culminating concerts at the close of the convention.