Gail Harrell

WHS Choir Director

Camille Spooner has been a choir student in Waxahachie secondary schools for the past six years.†

To describe her as a self-motivated student would be seriously underestimating her abilities. Camille has been a teacherís ďdreamĒ example of the perfect student; always pleasant, kind, spirited, fun and extremely talented and focused on achieving what would seem to others as the impossible.

In the past six years, Camille has achieved placement multiple times in the prestigious UIL Region 20 District, Region, Pre-Area and Area Choirs; received consistent first division ratings at local and state solo contests and has served as a WHS choir officer.† This year her ambition to be selected as a member of the 2010 Texas All State Choir has been realized. Considering there were 14,000 students entering the All State contest in September, Camille is honored to be included in the 500 who advanced and were selected for the Texas All State Choir.

Studies have proven the positive effect music study has on children, improving cognitive skills in all subjects implementing multiple brain functions simultaneously. With the national SAT score average at 1509, Texas studentsí average scores are 1467; however, the average SAT score earned by All State Choir, Band and Orchestra members is 1728.

These young men and women are in the top 1 percent of all music classes offered in secondary schools throughout the state and generally fall within the top 10 to 15 percent of their senior class.

It certainly is an honor being chosen for All State Choir and itís an honor thatís been earned through determination, perseverance and hard work, a well-deserved right of passage. Rightly so, but the true honor for many of us at Waxahachie High School has been in watching this lovely young lady, respected by students, teachers and administrators, grow into a brilliant young musician.†

Thank you, Camille, for allowing all of us to have been a part of your journey to success.

Camille plans to pursue study in vocal performance and psychology at SMU next fall.

Gail Harrell is director of the Waxahachie ISD choral program.