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Houston Academy Choir traveling over 1,000 miles

The choir won first place at a competition that gave them an invitation to a once in a lifetime opportunity.

The Houston Academy Choir competed in the Heritage Performance in Orlando, Florida.

Choirs from 13 states came to the competition, but Houston Academy took home an unexpected award.

"This was a huge undertaking for our group to go I was really hoping to just get good experience get good judges scores and really didn't go with the expectation to win but had it in the back of my mind," said Choir Director Laura Grace Holmes.

The girls had been practicing everyday for months, but they weren’t prepared to accept the first place award.

"The award ceremony was actually confusing I couldn't understand who was winning what and I realized they had not called our group and I was like great we haven't won anything," said Holmes.

Lauren Saunders, a senior choir member said it was a delightful surprise to hear they had won.

"We were the only choir that was competing that had 7th and 8th graders every other choir was ninth through twelfth grade, so they had an older sound,” said Saunders. “I expected us to get superior but I didn't expect us to win gold first place - so I was mega happy about that."

After winning the competition the choir was invited to sing at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

The girls will compete with other choirs who have won Heritage competitions all over the United States. They’ll have the chance to sing under the direction of a well known director.

"We are planning to push forward with this it'll be a big endeavor,” said Holmes. “We'll have to have a lot of support from the community to make it there it'll be an expensive trip. It'll be a lot of work."

The certificate is good for up to two years so the choir will have plenty of time to prepare. Unfortunately, some members won't still be a part of the group. The seniors who competed in the competition say despite that they hope the choir will shine in the big apple

"Make the most of it - don't slack off put full effort into it. It’s a once in a lifetime experience you got to go all force for that,” said Bailey Spivey.
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