Disney songs featured at pops concert
Luverne Middle School and High School choir students performed their spring pops concert Friday night, May 8, in the Cardinal Gym.
Under the direction of Seana Graber, the groups sang and danced to familiar tunes that have become popular as Disney theme songs.
Each of the groups performed their own numbers, and the evening wrapped up with a combined choral performance of “Seize the Day,” which was accompanied by high school senior Drew Weis.
After the audience gave a standing ovation, Graber said, “I wish they could do it again. I could listen to them all night.”
The night ended with senior recognition and awards.
Graber gave Emma Verbrugge the most valuable underclassman award and Kristin Ziegler the most valuable concert choir member award.
The award for most improved went to Samantha Aanenson, and the unsung hero awards went to student pianist Drew Weis and chaperone Sharon Zinnel.
Madeline Oye was received the Carl Nash Memorial Award, which is given to an outstanding junior member of the choir.
Mitchell Graber and Oye were named to All State Choir.
Charlie Sietsema received the National Choral Award.
The Papik Family Music Scholarship was presented to Monaya Hustoft. It’s given in honor of Gary and Janine Papik’s three children who all were in band and choir all four years of their high school careers.
It’s the 14th year the Papiks have handed out the award, which comes with a $300 scholarship.
Hustoft had been formerly recognized at the band concert on April 24.