While on spring break, Kelsey Olmen received a surprising text from Green Lake School choir teacher Virginia Pollock.

   “She said, ‘Great job, Kelsey,’ and I was a little bit confused because this was during spring break. I just go, ‘In what?’” Olmen said.

   She soon realized, “I got in; that’s so cool.”

   Olmen had earned a spot on the Wisconsin High School State Honors choir after auditioning in October.

   “It’s really nice to be awarded with it because everyone who is nominated to try out and audition for this event, they are already being recognized as really good singers [and] very skilled. But when you’re chosen, you think, ‘Wow, this is amazing,’” Olmen said.

   Since Wisconsin State Honors Music Project is an elite music competition, Pollock noted the Green Lake School is proud to have a student participate and represent the school.

“It’s really special for us, as a small school, to be able to represent at these events,” she said. “Sometimes we think of these events as something that only these really large districts with powerhouse music programs participate in [such as] Green Bay Preble, for example, which is sending six kids and Kettle Moraine, which is sending seven. We only have 23 kids in our high school choir. It’s really cool to be sending one of them to the auditioned state honors program.”

   Read the full story, including the people Olmen lists as her music idols, in the May 2, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.