Singers Win Big at NATS

NATS  Nine area students from Waldorf College, North Iowa Area Community College, Mason City High School, and Garner-Hayfield/Ventura  High School recently traveled to Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, to compete at the Central Regional National Teachers Association of Teachers of Singing Competition.

Over 550 students from Iowa, Illinois, and Missouri participated in the Central Regional competition held in mid November. Students ranging in ages from 14 to 30 auditioned for the opportunity to advance to the national level of the NATS contest.

Cassidy Atchison, Brittany Banks, and Haley Rubin of Waldorf College advanced to the semi-final round of the competition. At the high school level, Emily Owens of Mason City High School and Trevor Rayhons of Garner-Hayfield/Ventura High School also advanced to the semi-final round. Rayhons was awarded first place for his performance in the High School Junior/senior Men’s Division and will have the opportunity to audition for the National NATS Competition held next July in Boston, Mass.

Cassidy Atchison won Honorable Mention.

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