Whiz Kids: Loma Alta Kids to Perform in PUSD-Wide Choral Festival

The group has come together from Loma Alta and Don Benito and features a number of Altadena kids.

In this week's Whiz Kids, we feature a group of Loma Alta and Don Benito students who will be representing the school in the PUSD All-City District Choral Festival, which takes place on April 1.

Altadena resident and Loma Alta PTA head Sandi Holden is the assistant conductor for the two groups, and she believes they are some of the top musical talents in the district.

Particularly of note is the Loma Alta school soloist Sydney Katz, who will be the soloist for the group and will be accompanying the group on bongos during on African piece the chorus will be doing.

Whiz Kid's Name (or Group name)

Loma Alta: Nick Ballew, Aaron Campos, Matthew Carter, Jehad Chaney, Tre' Crawford, Bobby Dickerson, Brianna Gamble, Frank Guzman, Robby Holden, Sydney Katz, Kyla Keys, Elliot Moore, David Perry, Talya Thompson, Sumira Tuttleman, Myonta Wells, Leslie Zamora, Anabel Zazueta

Don Benito: Nareg Ajamian, Veronica Amaya, Zachary Amaya, Kukie Anton, Iliana Byrd, Andre Der Sarkissian, Nathan Cao , Angelo Cassiano, Nancy Daghlian, Elizabeth Gezalyan, Nick Owen, Mason Rainwater, Kaley Sanchez, Molly Schwartz, Merrisa Shnorhokian, Peaches Woods, Jessica Yoder

●      Whiz Kid's Age

All are either in 4th or 5th grade.

●      Whiz Kid's School

Loma Alta Elementary and Don Benito Elementary

●      Whiz Kid's Accomplishment

A chance to perform in a choral festival that includes talented kids from various age ranges and schools across the district.

●      Whiz Kid's Key to Awesomeness

The students had to undergo an audition process that ensured that the had reached a strong skill level for their age group.  From Holden: "They had to audition to get in the festival and then go through several weeks of rehearsals. They are selected because they sing on pitch and are able to successfully harmonize by following advanced rhythms and cues from the conductor, Mrs. Vena Luthey."

Katz in particular has shown a very high ability level for her age, Holden said.

Leslie Aitken March 27, 2011 at 03:33 PM
Go Whiz Kids!!
D Shelley March 28, 2011 at 12:37 AM
Great that the Loma Alta kids finally get some recognition that they exist, even though they seemingly have to be lumped in with the Don Benito kids to be considered significant. Too bad that the PUSD has voted to close down their school in a few months, especially in light of the fact that many of these very same families were force-transferred to Loma Alta after the district closed down Noyes. The rest of the Noyes kids were transferred to Burbank which is ALSO now being shut down. (Same group of families have their schools closed TWICE? Yikes, how did THAT happen?) Real bummer for these families who have been repeatedly ignored and disenfranchised by the district. Guess they don't matter as much as the folks from the east part of town, eh?. Good luck and God's blessings on these children. They deserve better than what they have been given.
Nadine Isenberg March 28, 2011 at 03:29 PM
Thanks Sandi for all your hard work with all Loma Alta Kids threw they years. We really appricate it and can't wait to see the kids April 1st.


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