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Makin’ moves: show choir competes with best

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Priscila Castenada performanng her solo at Milton Rock on Jan 20. (Courtesy of Express Show Choir)

Priscila Castenada performanng her solo at Milton Rock on Jan 20. (Courtesy of Express Show Choir)

Priscila Castenada performanng her solo at Milton Rock on Jan 20. (Courtesy of Express Show Choir)

Stephanie Mendoza, Staff Writer

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Eisenhower Express show choir is in only two competions into their season and have placed in the top five at both.

The team placed second at Burlington Chocolate City on Jan. 13 and qualified for Finals after taking fifth runner up at Milton Rock on January 20.

“It [Milton] was a huge competition” says Ms. Tina Jacklin, who has been the choir conductor at Eisenhower for 14 years. “It was an honor to be amongst the best schools in the country.”

Show choir does not have Conference or State competitions so each event is important. The team competes against schools from Wisconsin, Iowa, Ohio, Illinois, and Indiana.

“It [competing against other States] makes it all very hard; it’s a big deal when we do well,” says Jacklin.

Individual recognitions so far this season have been senior Jasmine Hekpo winning outstanding performer and senior Priscila Castañeda winning best female soloist.

The choreographers who assist Jackin are Victoria Burns and Dominic Matas from California and Victor Rodriguez from Blue Island.

“Show Choir is pretty fun actually, ” says sophomore Diana Rodriguez, second year member. “At first, it was a little bit challenging especially when you’re new and you just have to go with the pace and practice your dance moves.”

The show choir Express will have their next competition this weekend at Sauk Prairie.

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