28 February 2018
Dear 2017-2018 HHS Madrigals,
I am pleased to inform you that you, along with 23 of your classmates, have been selected to reach your potential on Wednesday, March 7th, 2018 at the Region 6 Chamber Choir Festival.
You have been selected for this honor for many reasons, and not just because of your ability to sing difficult music. Sophie brings fun and laughter to our group. Holly brings kindness. Lily brings inspiration. Madeleine gives us richness. Daria brings vocal leadership. Ian gives strength. Cameron contributes rhythmic and harmonic consistency. Andrew P. always takes us higher- literally. Sammy has outstanding work ethic. Tanner gives us versatility. Anna contributes a never-wavering smile. Kate contributes reliability. Kathryn demonstrates maturity. Andrew F. teaches us we can go outside our comfort zone and achieve more than we thought we could. Josh contributes astronomical growth. Maren brings a knack for sight-reading. Jared gives us perseverance. Claire adds humility. Emma contributes personality. Ben C. contributes stellar intonation. Ben L. gives total commitment. Nina brings a classical tone. Jake gives us likeability. Caleb contributes courage. How could we not meet our goals with all of these invaluable attributes working together?
In order to be successful one week from today, you must commit to the following things:
-Recognize what each person in our choir has to offer
-Take personal responsibility for knowing your notes and rhythms
-Have courage to sing out
-Keep your lip corners forward and your soft palate lifted
-Listen louder than you sing
In order to achieve the required tasks above, you must do the following in the next 7 days:
-Express appreciation for one another and serve each other. See each other through different eyes.
-Spend time with your music outside of rehearsal, alone and with friends.
-Practice total awareness of your contribution to the whole musically- am I blending? Do my vowels match my neighbors? Am I balanced with the other sections?
-Reflect on your attitude and replace positivity with negativity. Optimism has the power to help attain the unattainable. Negativity can destroy potential.
I look forward to our final rehearsals this week as you work together to attain unity of sound and of mind. I have great faith in your team’s ability to meet the rigorous demands of the music you’ve been given. But it will require all 25 of us giving more focus, commitment, and positive attitude than we’ve ever given before.
Kathryn E. Houston, MM
Choir Director at Highland High School & Your Biggest Fan
So what can I take away from this when it comes to my health and fitness?
In order to be successful in my goals to return to a healthy, comfortable weight, I need to commit to the following things:
1) Recognizing my own strengths
2) Taking personal responsibility for what I eat and the amount of activity I do every day.
3) Have courage to keep going every day when I make mistakes
In order to achieve the required tasks above, I must do the following in the next 309 days:
1) Acknowledge my victories. See myself through different eyes.
2) Spend time being active, alone and with friends.
3) Practice total awareness of my body- am I hungry? Am I full? Did I overeat? Am I eating foods that make me feel healthy?
4) Reflect on my attitude and replace positivity with negativity.
I guess the process for reaching lofty goals, no matter what they are, is very similar: believing in ourselves, being accountable, being reflective, and being positive. I really believe when we put these four principles in to practice, we can do great things.