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ALA choir wins the Grand Champion Award in Nashville

Mar 02, 2016 01:40PM
By American Leadership Academy, Spanish Fork

American Leadership Academy’s show choir “Evolution” competed in the Heart of America Competition in Nashville, Tenn., on Feb. 19. They competed in both Concert Choir and Show Choir categories. The event featured some of the best high school choirs in the nation.

In the Concert Choir portion, they received the Grand Champion Award and were recognized for Best Choral Tone and Best Repertoire.

In the Show Choir portion, they took fourth place and won Best Costumes. ALA is a charter school located in Spanish Fork.

The impressive show is based on the theme of Disney’s “Hercules.” It included a large portable set that looked like ancient Greek architecture. The choreography never stops for a full 25 minutes.  A favorite highlight of their tour was their pre-contest meeting or “circle activity.”

Director Rick Lunt said, “It sure was fun to hear the kids answer the question, ‘Who in this group is your HERO and why?’ They talked so kindly about each other and the lessons that they learn from each other. There were lots of tears.”

More than 80 students and band members from all over south Utah County participated in the trip to Nashville

Lunt said he thought some of the lessons the students learned included finding their strength within, enduring to the end, not giving up on themselves, avoiding negative feelings and the fact that even if one wins, there is still room to grow.

The public can catch a shortened version of the choir’s performance when they perform in ALA’s annual “Spring Blast” this April.