Sprague’s students weren’t disappointed with third, Ellie Warner, Sprague sophomore, said. “I’m just excited for all of the Salem-Keizer schools. The places don’t matter. It’s just fun to sing and was a really good experience.”
Before the competition, Gillian Berry, Sprague’s choir president, said she’d be satisfied if the choir left the stage “knowing we gave our all.” She said. “We work really hard to have an emotional connection with everything we do.”
In the last two minutes of their warmup, the Olympians held hands, closed their eyes and silently thought about what they were going to do onstage. Director David Brown’s last words before they departed were, “It is not supposed to look easy. Make it look easy.”
During the song, “Entreat Me Not to Leave You” by Dan Forrest, Sprague made it look easy. The choir sang a legato progression of dissonant and consonant chords with exactitude and grace. During a prolonged rest, the audience sat rapt in silence. It was a magical moment.
Also, Sprague High School, directed by Stephen Nelson, placed fourth in the string competition.“I feel satisfied. We did the best we could,” Michael Vannevel, Sprague sophomore and violinist, said.