(M)Pulse Shines in First Competition of the Season

Photo courtesy of Asher Hamilton
(M)Pulse at the awards ceremony

Rose Rizzi, Staff Writer

(M)Pulse, Menchville’s show choir, ventured to the mountains of West Virginia to compete in their first competition of the season the weekend of January 30th. They loaded the vehicles with equipment and passengers and headed off on a six hour bus ride to Riverside High School.

Their show is based on the story of Cinderella. They use many songs, costumes, and dances to convey the classic love story. Seniors Courtney Marble, Andrew Collier, and Jiamond Davis are featured with solos in the show. Marble portrays Cinderella, Collier plays the Prince, and Davis is the Fairy Godmother. “I’m extremely proud of how far (M)Pulse has come,” Marble says, having been a member of (M)Pulse for all four of her high school years. The choir received the title of Grand Champion in their division, making the travel seem minute. “Even though the competition was overall completely draining, bringing home first place along with other titles made it worth it,” Junior Alyssa Duong states.

Along with the title of Grand Champs, the choir took home the awards of best band, best vocals, and best choreography. Thanks to Mrs. Jarrett, the vocal director, Dean Pearsons, the choreographer, and Mrs. Sarvay, the band director, they were able to take home these numerous awards. “It was without a doubt one of the most exciting awards ceremonies I’ve ever been to,” Senior Claire Tuftie stated.

Overall, the experience was a fun one for all the people involved. “It was cool to be able to see how choirs outside of Virginia differ stylistically from us,” Duong said. They came back confident that they can win again at their next competition on February 20th in Richmond.

(M)Pulse has a Pyramid Concert on February 18th where they will perform their show at Menchville in the auditorium at 7:00 PM. Seating is limited but there is priority for people who purchase a dinner ticket from any choral student.

(M)Pulse at the awards ceremony
Photo courtesy of Asher Hamilton
(M)Pulse at the awards ceremony
Asher Hamilton and Jessica Wilbur at the competition
Photo courtesy of Asher Hamiton
Asher Hamilton and Jessica Wilbur at the competition
Madison Struble, Lesley Collins, and Claire Tuftie getting ready to hear the results
Photo courtesy of Madison Struble
Madison Struble, Lesley Collins, and Claire Tuftie getting ready to hear the results
Madison Struble and Claire Tuftie ready to compete for the first time this season
Photo courtesy of Claire Tuftie
Madison Struble and Claire Tuftie ready to compete for the first time this season