story by Caroline Bowers and Jamie Cummings
Out of 14 schools nationwide that competed in the WorldStrides OnStage band and choral competition in Orlando, Florida, last weekend, Roberson brought home seven awards, earning them the highest combined score of the high schools that competed. Band and chorus won every event they entered.
“When TC won the whole sweepstakes, I was pretty proud because that meant that we were the best school that was there,” junior Hannah Coalson said.
Coalson competed in the women’s choir and concert choir categories in Florida. Classmate and band member Chloe Lindberg was also proud of the group’s accomplishments.
“We won everything that we were eligible for, and that’s pretty impressive. I won an award called the Maestro Award, and it was for a solo that I performed on the oboe,” Lindberg said.
Choral director Aleisa Baker attended the trip with her students and explained the group’s determination to succeed. Baker said she is glad to have a group of such dedicated students who worked hard to defeat the competition.
“We were actually competing against another set of choirs also from North Carolina. Two years ago, we competed against them in Atlanta, and they beat us. This year we were really focused on being as well prepared as we could to be more competitive with them. And this year, we beat them,” she said.
According to Baker, the 55 students who make up Roberson’s ensemble worked hard to prepare in the weeks leading up to the WorldStrides OnStage event. She is happy they received the recognition she consistently believes they deserve.
“To do an endeavor like that, it’s not only time consuming, but these kids worked really hard to raise all that money to pay for the trip themselves. It’s just awesome that we are in a school that values that and encourages kids to follow their passions and dreams. That’s what we should be doing in high school — giving students the pathways to success no matter what that success is for them,” Baker said.