Thirty-Eight Ankeny Schools Students Selected for the 2020 All State Music Festival
Thirty-eight Ankeny Schools students attained the highest honor available to high school musicians by being selected as members of the 2020 All State Band, Choir and Orchestra. 17 of these students were selected from Ankeny Centennial High School, and 21 students were selected from Ankeny High School.
1,081 students were selected to receive this honor. 268 students were selected for the Band, 211 students were selected for the Orchestra, and 601 students were selected for the Chorus. These students represent the top 1.7% of all Iowa high school musicians.
The 2020 Festival concert would have celebrated the 74th anniversary of this prestigious event. District Auditions for the 268-piece All-State Band, 211-piece All-State Orchestra, and 601-member All-State Chorus were held virtually October 22-24, 2020 at Le Mars, Hampton, Independence, Atlantic, Indianola, and Washington. While the 2020 All-State Music Festival Concert has been cancelled due to health safety concerns caused by the ongoing pandemic, that in no way diminishes the accomplishment of the young musicians designated as members of the 2020 All-State Band, Choir, and Orchestra.
We are proud of the resilience and dedication that these musicians have shown in working for and achieving this honor.
Congratulations to the honored students from Ankeny Centennial High School.
2020 All State Choir Members: Emma Donnelly, Carson Ferree, Logan Hoff, Jaiden Holt, Abby Housker, Alex Ladner, Grant Miller, Lauren Playle, and Gracie Valerio-Garsow.
Mandy Bendezu and Mason Wisecup were selected as alternates.
2020 All State Band Members: Sydney Clark and Sydney Madison.
Jordyn Jumper and Sarah Williams were selected as alternates.
2020 All State Orchestra Members: Madeline Scheve and Devon Tsia-Olson.
The Ankeny Centennial High School Band directors are Scott Hook, Janelle Hook, and Nick Rueckert. Nolan Henkle, Abby Saner, and Elliott Stern are the Choir directors.
Congratulations to the honored students from Ankeny High School.
2020 All State Choir Members: Evan Albaugh, Alex Gates, Noah Hackbart, Harrison Ingham, Addy Kiene, Lauren McCarville, Hannah Pross, Blake Schumacher, Sydney Stover, Marcus Ugolini, Adam Van Thomme, Gabe Wagner, and Halle Wulfekuhle.
Carson Doss was selected as an alternate.
2020 All State Band Members: Clara Freese, Avery Hickcox, Sam Stember, and Amanda Ritland.
Jayda Archer and Mason Bush were selected as alternates.
2020 All State Orchestra Member: Philip Na
Directors of the Ankeny High School Band Program are Joel Poppen and Jennifer Williams. Ben Walters and Adam Brown are directors of the Ankeny Choral Music program.