by Hannah Van Sant
Pella Christian hosted nine area schools at the annual Solo and Ensemble Music Festival on Saturday, April 7, the farthest coming from Osceola. PC musicians received 27 Division I ratings and eight Division II ratings overall.
It was a challenge finding volunteers for the event. “It made me nervous that we still needed a number of volunteers only a few days before the festival,” said Van Voorst. “But by Saturday, we had everyone that we needed.”
Some students like Solo and Ensemble because they appreciate having an audience and improving musically. “I like that it gives us an opportunity to show other people what we have been working on and how we have been developing our musical skills,” said senior Mara Juffer who was involved in Solo and Ensemble for four years. “The feedback from the judges also helps us improve our craft and become better musicians in the future.”
PC also won six awards in the LHC Art Festival which was held in Indianola on April 5. Taking first place awards were senior Raeann Fopma in Graphic Design, sophomore Mira Ford in Digital Photography, and freshman Emma Kolb in 3D Mixed-Media.
Besides spending time with students from other schools who love art, art teacher Joe Hoksbergen felt there were a few other takeaways. “There is this sense of shared art-geekery that springs up,” said Hoksbergen. “It’s also inspiring to see the huge variety of quality artwork that is presented. Students can gauge how their work measures up to other talented people their age. Plus, it’s so interesting to see and discuss the various worldviews evident in the artwork.”
The following week, PC took a team of four students from each grade for the LHC Math Contest which was held at Central College on April 11. Four students placed as individuals in the top four for their class. Winning first place individually was sophomore Roger Gao and the junior team (Will Dembski, Kitty Gu, Brianna Jansen, and Levi Jansen).
Geometry teacher Kevin Herdegen believes that the contest will improve students’ skills in a different environment. “The LHC Math Contest is an opportunity for students to be challenged in ways they are not accustomed to in a standard classroom,” said Herdegen.
At the contest, students competed against others in two ways. “We did an individual test and a team competition,” said junior Kitty Gu. “And last, we did a little Japanese math game on our own before they announced all of the awards.”