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Local Music Students Chosen To Perform In All-State Chorus

Morgan Thompson, daughter of Derek and Jackie Thompson (sister to Keaton) of Middlesboro Kentucky was chosen to perform in the Kentucky Music Educators Association (KMEA) All-State Honors Choir.  This is Morgan’s second time being selected as she was selected for the All-State Children’s Chorus two years ago.  She was honored to be selected by audition to the Junior High Treble Chorus this year under to perform the conduction of Charlotte Adams.  Morgan is a member at Hensley Chapel Missionary Baptist Church where she is an active member of the youth group and youth choir.  Morgan is an honor student as well as a member of the Middlesboro Middle/High School Choir.  Morgan is also a proud member of the Lady Jacket Basketball team under coaches Elgie and Debbie Green.  Morgan is also reigning Middlesboro Middle School football homecoming queen, reigning Kentucky Beauties Supreme Civic Queen (Lexington), and reigning Kentucky Beauties Overall Supreme Queen (ages 10 and up - Louisville).  Morgan enjoys participating in pageants, playing ball and being with her “basketball sister’s,” hanging out with her friends, attending church, and spending time with her family.

Hayden Bennett, son of Bob and Carla Bennett of Middlesboro Kentucky was chosen to perform in an All-State Choir as well.    Bennett and his sister, Sophia, are piano students of Mrs. Linda Barton of Middlesboro Kentucky.  This was his first time auditioning for an All-State Ensemble.  He was selected to perform as a tenor in the SATB Mixed Chorus under the conduction of Dr. Russell L. Robinson.  Hayden is a Middlesboro Middle School honors student who participates in the Middle School Advisory council as well as the Middlesboro district-wide Student Advisory Council.  He is a member of the MMS/MHS choir.  Hayden’s school activities include tennis, Governor’s Cup academic team, Math Counts, participating on the Student Advisory board(s), and choir.   Bennett attends New Vine Baptist Church.  He enjoys spending time with friends and family, reading, attending La Comedia theatre, modifying/designing items, listening to music, playing piano, and the BBC sci-fi series “Dr.Who”.  Hayden will be returning to Louisville next month to compete at the KAAC Governor’s Cup State Finals in Language Arts and Science.



    Thompson and Bennett were selected to represent Middlesboro Middle School, where they perform in the choir under the direction of Mrs. Elizabeth Edwards, a member of the KMEA. The sold-out concert was held at the Kentucky Center in Louisville Thursday February 7th as part of the 2013 Kentucky Music Educators Association Professional Development Conference.  Morgan and Hayden were chosen for the honor in competitive auditions held this year across the state.

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