The Varsity SSA Choir from Tuloso-Midway Middle School received all superior ratings during the UIL Region 14 Concert and Sight Reading Contest in March at Flour Bluff High School.

Known as a "clean sweepstakes," the choir received top ratings from all six judges.

"Our young 12-13 year olds wowed the judges on stage and in the sight reading room," Tuloso-Midway Middle School Choir Director Michelle Christner said. "I'd like to thank all of our teachers, administration and board members for their continued support in our music programs."

The event judges made several notable comments concerning the group's performance.

"Thanks for your well-conceived approach to tone production, your attention to vowel unification and word/syllabic stress, your blend and attention to expressive aspects is outstanding. Complicated rhythmic patterns were handled with ease and your song with great unity. Exciting!" Lead Concert Judge Sally Schott wrote.

"Your sense of line is so sensitive - an outstanding aspect of your performance. You bring out the musicality of the song in such an endearing manner," she added.

Concert judge Joan Wiley said the choir had lovely dresses and lovely unison sound, as well as a great blend of balance and musicianship throughout.

"Love your focus and energy,' Sight reading judge Michael Feris said.

The three pieces the choir performed on stage were "Jonah" by Rollo Dilworth, "Afternoon on a Hill" by Potts and "Dandansoy" by Ellis/Leck. "Dandansoy" is an arrangement of a traditional Visayan folk song, which comes from a series of islands in the central region of the Philippines. It is a song of affection and is sung in the Hiligaynon language, Christner said.