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Bullpup All-State KMEA Selections


WICHITA, Kan. – After a year where McPherson High School witnessed incredible musicians, speakers, debaters, actors and actresses take the top spot in a 6-1A race, they are once again up to big things. 

The MHS Thespians just finished their All-State performances, and on the heels of their big accomplishment comes the final KMEA All-State Musicians List.

Nine McPherson High Students were selected to represent MHS & the community in the 2023 KMEA All-State Honor Ensembles. If you’ve seen a few of these names before, it’s because they’ve done an incredible job of remaining at the top of a long list of talented, and hard working musicians in our state. 

The nine students include:

Palmer Heskett – Trombone

Mallory Holmes – Alto I –  3 Yr All-State Selection

Lauren Newcom -Alto I – 3 Yr All-State Selection

Bree Pickerell Alto I 

Joslynn Riley -Alto II – 2 Yr All-State Selection

Elianna Rush – Clarinet – 2 Yr All-State Selection

Kyndall Sandbo – Trumpet

Zach Stein – Tuba

Laci Turner – 2 Yr All-State Selection

The All-State convention begins on Thurs, February 23rd, and their performances are on Saturday, Feb 25th. If you would like to support them by attending their rehearsals or concerts you can get more information, here:

Likewise, the Mid-Level All-State Singers in the KCDA All-State Treble Choir will join their high school counterparts down at the All-State Convention on February 24th. An extra congratulations is in order for those musicians as well because many singers have made the KCDA All-State Choir multiple times:

ChesLea Allison – 8th Grade – 2x All-State Selection

Keziah Bing – 6th Grade

McKenzie Dammann – 8th Grade

Alison Henry – 9th Grade

Lillian Kahle – 9th Grade – 2x All-State Selection

Serenity Magnall -8th Grade – 2x All-State Selection

Billie May – 9th Grade

Danae Paine – 8th Grade 2x All-State Selection

Alani Rodriguez – 6th Grade

Melissa Rodriguez – 9th Grade

Reesa Whorton – 9th Grade

Hannah Wilgers – 6th Grade

Olivia Wince – 9th Grade

Lainey Worden – 8th Grade

Ava Youngblood – 9th Grade

Congratulations to these 25 students MMS & MHS Students representing McPherson in the State’s top music ensembles. Over 10,000 students from across the state of Kansas auditioned and hoped they would make one of these ensembles, but less than 1,000 students get to represent their schools. In terms of the remarkable accomplishment, they consistently represent our entire community extremely well year after year at the highest level.

Below are the complete rosters: