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Jayce Miller, Noah Patton, Dallas Smithmyer, Sarah Berkowitz, Malia Danish and Alexandra Diamond tried out for District chorus last week.

Mara Bollinger, Staff Writer

Chorus at Bellwood-Antis is a fun way for students to branch out and express themselves in different ways, but what happens when you want to take it to the next level?

Junior Malia Danish, sophomore Jayce Miller, sophomore Dallas Smithmyer, and junior Noah Patton took it to the next level and qualified for PMEA District 6 Chorus at auditions at Chestnut Ridge last weekend. With all of their hard work, and dedication they made it to District chorus, where they will be competing against 36 other school districts to continue moving on to PMEA Region 3 Chorus.

“It was one of my goals to make top five, so I made my goal,” said Smithmyer, who qualified as a bass.

For Patton, it is the second year of qualifying for Districts after going as a tenor when he was a sophomore.

“I’m excited to go again. I know a lot of kids from other schools who will be there so I’m excited to see them and hang out with them,” said Patton.

Earning the spot as a tenth grader made the nod special for Miller.

“I’m excited because not many sophomores get in because that’s the youngest you can be and try out,” she said.

Sarah Berkowitz and Alexandra Diamond auditioned but did not move on.

The PMEA District festival will take place at Forest Hills High School on January 15-17, 2020.