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COAHOMA â€” Richie Ewing was among the best of the best at the recent University Interscholastic League State Solo and Ensemble contest.
Ewing, a sophomore baritone for the Coahoma High School choir, earned a Divison I rating (the highest possible) rating at the state contest, but his excellence didn't stop there â€” his judge rating him as an â€śoutstanding performerâ€ť at the contest, held in Pflugerville.
To put that achievement into context, Lewis was among 305 of an estimated 24,000 contest participants to receive that distinction, CHS Choir Director Sandy Wallace said.
â€śIt's a pretty great honor,â€ť Wallace said. â€śThe judge was pretty blown away by Richie's performance. She was very, very complimentary.â€ť
Ewing's performance was even more notable considering he was younger than most of his fellow state contest entrants.
â€śWe've never had anyone from Coahoma win that award,â€ť Wallace said. â€śI would say he sang with a maturity beyond his age.
â€śI'm very proud of him,â€ť she added. â€śHe's a very hard worker who put in a lot of preparation for this contest. He took it a step or two beyond where most students go and has really developed his singing ability.â€ť
Five Coahoma students â€” four from choir and one from band â€” participated in the state contest. Vocal students Caleb Daniels and Zach Crabtree joined Ewing in earning Division I ratings, while Shayla Martin and Jessica Goodger received Division II ratings.