Senior to Advance to All-State Chorus

Sequoia Marriott stands in front of the Choral Wall of Fame.

By: Jessica Marvin/Co-editor in Chief

On February 28, Blue Ridge chorus students made their way to Honesdale to participate in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) regional chorus competition. Persevering through high tensions and equally high expectations, senior Sequoia Marriott won herself a place among the participants who would be advancing to states. Now, on Wednesday, April 18th, Marriott, along with choir director, Ms. Amy Zakarauskas, will make her way to Lancaster to compete in the state competition.

Choir students are eligible to attend Pre-auds, the first round of the competition starting in the 10th grade, providing three opportunities for students to make it to the following stages. In previous years, Marriott had been happy to have made it to regions, the 2nd level of the competition. This year, though, she’s excited to finally have met her goal of making it to states.

“It’s really exciting that I’m going to all-states because it’s something I’ve been working towards since sophomore year. I know I’ll have a great experience there, something I’ll be able to look back on in the future,” says Marriott.

It is Blue Ridge tradition that any student who makes it to the state competition gets their picture on the acclaimed Choral Wall of Fame, located outside the chorus room. Most recently, Madison Button (class of 2013), Allen Weed (class of 2015) and Lexi Button (class of 2016) have claimed spots on the wall, and Marriott is excited to join them.

“It’s really competitive and hard to make it to states. It’s something I’m really proud of,” Marriott remarked.

Jessica Marvin is a stressed senior who lives for participating in dance and theatre. When she’s not dancing or at rehearsal, she enjoys writing poetry (usually in Spanglish) and hopes to one day have the confidence of a telenovela villain.