Show Choir takes 1st place at Music in the Parks


After a brief hiatus from performing, the Show Choir came back better than ever during their competition, Music in the Parks, in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. They placed first overall as well as winning the Overall Choir Award. 

“Seeing the happiness on my friends and Mrs. Faulk’s face made me so incredibly happy,” said senior Jenna Gulibon. “I knew that we put our best work into the performance, and had so much fun doing it. Knowing our hard work gave us the top score was the best feeling.”

This year’s performance was MoTown themed and had elements of dancing in the street. 

“This year’s theme was really fun and jazzy,” said senior Kaitlyn Karaffa. “I had so much fun being able to spend so much time with my favorite people doing something I love.”

The show choir competed on Saturday April 30th at Dollywood alongside other show choirs from across the country. Overall 38 sophomores, juniors, and seniors participate in show choir and attended Music in the Parks in Pigeon Forge. 

“This competition was definitely a nice change of pace from the performances we have been doing so far this year,” said junior Elizabeth Szymanski. “I’ve never competed before so this was a lot of fun to participate in.”

Alongside placing first and winning the Overall Choir Award, senior Chase Rigo won the Outstanding Vocalist award for his performance in this year’s set.

“It felt amazing to have my voice recognized,” said Rigo. “I’ve been participating in show choir for three years now so seeing my hard work and time paying off during my final competition run was really exciting.”

Alongside performing, the Show Choir also went to Dollywood, zip lined, and shopped around in Pigeon Forge. 

“This was my first year in show choir so competing was a whole new experience,” said senior Kaitlyn Karaffa. “Alongside competing we did a lot of other fun things like getting to walk around and explore Dollywood.”

This was the first time show choir won both first place and the Overall Choir Award.

“This is a massive deal for the entire show choir,” said sophomore Zack Garbinski. “I’m so excited that the seniors got to remember this from their last year and I can’t wait to hopefully do the same thing next year and the year after that.”