Wilson High School's concert choir, "Wilsingers", placed first under the direction of Margaret Murer. Cleveland High School's concert choir, "A" Choir, placed second under the direction of Diana Rowey. Cleveland has taken six first place finishes since 1997, including last year.
But this year stands out.
"This is the first time that two Portland high schools have placed in the top five of this prestigious annual event - founded in 1987," said Steve Peter, a former choral director at both schools. "It's a thrill to see both schools being recognized for their excellence in the choral art."
And for Wilson, the victory is sweet.
"We've never placed at state and to get first just blew us away," Wilson parent Raegan Conroy told the Portland School Board and Superintendent Carole Smith, who honored the choir and three other state championship teams at the June 3 board meeting.
Wilson Choir Drector Margaret Murer is excited about how winning the competition may impact her students' futures.
"Many of them will feel confident and inspired to continue singing beyond high school and remain invested in keeping the arts in their lives." she says. "Who knows, maybe one of them will return to Wilson as our next Choral director?"
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