Competition Percussion at San Bernardino, CA

On Saturday, March 25th, the North Pointe Indoor Percussion traveled to San Bernardino, California to debut their show “The Crooked Man”, in the WGI Power Western competition. This was the second time that the group traveled to California to compete and perform their show against 22 other groups in our division. Of the many shows and groups that competed, none barred any resemblance to “The Crooked Man” which tells the dark story of an innocent young girl who is corrupted by an evil spirit who eventually takes her soul.  Jesse Ponce and Elizabeth Aguirre are featured as the Crooked Man and the young girl, respectively.  Although we were placed at 16th for our division, the students used this experience as a motivation to continue to put forth 100% effort as we steer towards our championships performance next weekend.

Directors Justin Kline and Luis Fisher were very impressed with the group’s performance. “We made it to California and we showed the world what we have, now let’s show Arizona what we can do!”

Competition Percussion at Gilbert HS

On Saturday, March 18th, the North Pointe Indoor Percussion team returned to Gilbert High school for a second time this season to perform their show “The Crooked Man”, which tells the dark story of an innocent young girl corrupted by an evil spirit who eventually takes her soul. Jesse Ponce and Elizabeth Aguirre are featured as the Crooked Man and the young girl, respectively. The group worked all through spring break in preparation for today’s show, and it payed off, because they managed to secure a first place win. Many of the judges commented on the group’s ability to convey the story to the audience, and the technical level of marching and music performance the group demonstrated.

Director Justin Kline was very impressed with the group’s performance. “With San Bernardino around the corner, it’s now more important than ever that we continue with our best foot forward and show everyone exactly what North Pointe is made of!”

Speech and Debate at Division II State Finals

Congratulations to The Prep’s Speech and Debate Team for the outstanding performances at the Division II State Finals. Special congratulations to junior, Kaitlyn Kief who placed in four events. Kaitlyn placed 2nd in Poetry Interpretation, 3rd in Dramatic Interpretation, 4th in Congressional Debate and 3rd Place in Public Forum Debate with partner,  Vincent Jasso who placed in three events: 3rd in Congressional Debate, 3rd in duo Interpretation, with partner, Daniel Mena, and red Place in Public Forum Debate. Freshman, Julian Alejandre placed second in humorous interpretation and 4th in duo interpretation with his partner, freshman, Ellen Lerma. “This is a fantastic accomplishment for a freshman to place so high at the state finals in such a competitive event; we are all so proud of Julian,” said Coach Richards. “We had a great tournament and each an every team member did their part, as we were competing against schools with many more entries; I am proud of the team and can’t wait to see what the underclassmen can do next year,” Richards added. The team combined to finish fourth in a competitive sweepstakes category. Every team member did their part and contributed to a great state finals!

Humorous Interpretation
Julian Alejandre 2nd Place
Kenleigh Dooley semi-finalist
Michael Palermo semi-finalist

Dramatic Interpretation
Kaitlyn Kief- 3rd
Daniel Winstanley 4th

Poetry Interpretation
Kaitlyn Kief – 2nd
Daniel Mena 5th

Duo Interpretation
Vincent Jasso and Daniel Mena 3rd
Julian Alejandre and Ellen Lerma 5th

Prose Interpretation
James Brady Mayo 4th

Expository Speaking
Amy Lavelle 5th Place

Public Forum Debate:
Vincent Jasso and Kaitlyn Kief 3rd Place

Congressional Debate:
Vincent Jasso 3rd
Kaitlyn Kief 5th

Competition Percussion at Gilbert HS

On Saturday, March 11, 2017 North Pointe’s Competition Percussion Ensemble performed in its third competition of the season at Gilbert High School.  This was a regional competition for Winter Guard International (WGI) with a nationally-recognized judging panel.  In this competition, North Pointe went up against other marching percussion ensembles from Rincon/University High School and Ironwood Ridge High School from Tucson, Perry High School and Basha High School from Chandler, Campo Verde High School and Gilbert High School from Gilbert, Vista Grande High School from Casa Grande, Chapin High School from El Paso, TX and Dos Pueblos High School from Goleta, CA.  North Pointe presented their complete production of “The Crooked Man” in the WGI Scholastic A class competition.  North Pointe finished in 7th place with a score of 72.3 after the preliminary round due to a 2.75 point timing penalty.  When they returned in the evening for the finals competition they fixed the issues which caused the timing penalty and North Pointe moved up to 6th place with a score of 74.4

According to director Luis Fisher, “our musicians had two long rehearsals this week and used every minute to finish the show and improve upon what they already knew.  It was a long day and a true test for what is to come later in the season.  We will enter this week with two more long rehearsals where we will work to fine tune our show now that we have it completed.”

Competition Percussion at Desert Ridge

On Saturday, March 4, 2017 North Pointe’s Competition Percussion performed in its second competition of the season at Desert Ridge High School in Mesa.  This was a very important competition for North Pointe as it was WGAZ’s Percussion Focus Show with a nationally-recognized judging panel.  In this competition, North Pointe went up against other marching percussion ensembles from Rincon/University High School from Tucson, Perry High School from Chandler, Campo Verde High School from Gilbert, Gilbert High School, Basha High School from Chandler, Deer Valley High School from nearby Glendale, Mesquite High School from Gilbert, and nearby rivals Apollo High School.  North Pointe added to their production of “The Crooked Man” and gave a much improved performance which put the rest of WGAZ’s Scholastic A class on notice.  In a very close competition North Pointe finished in 3rd place with a score of 77.95 behind Gilbert’s Campo Verde Indoor Percussion Ensemble (80.75) and Gilbert Indoor Percussion (79.75).
According to director Luis Fisher, “our students have worked extremely hard to add another movement to their show as well props that added an extra visual dimension.  The additions to the show was well received by both the judges and the audience alike.  One of the visual judges even said that our performance gave him goosebumps right from the very start.  We still have a lot of work to do to finish our production and then clean up the show.  We have another huge show this coming Saturday at Gilbert High School.  This will put us one step closer to our goal of a state championship.”

HS A Capella at Herberger Theater

On Sunday, February 26th, the A Cappella group performed at the Herberger Theater for the Downtown Phoenix monthly open mic night.  The program was filled with various acts of poetry, comedy, and music from all ages, and the audience was very receptive to the group’s performance. They began with a rendition of Crazy in Love (originally performed by Beyonce) featuring junior Thiara Febres, and freshman Maya Ferrara capped the night off with a stellar performance of Pink’s Glitter in the Air.  Freshman Hailie De La Rosa made her beatboxing debut with the group as well.

Director Megan Goodman was once again very pleased with the performance.  “The group has really unified over the past several weeks and has developed a signature sound.  As a director, it’s always incredibly rewarding when you can just sit back and enjoy the performance, and the students really proved tonight that they are making huge strides in a positive direction.  Every week, every rehearsal seems to make them better and better performers!”

HS A Cappella at Tempe Center for the Arts

On Wednesday, February 15th, the A Cappella group had their debut performance of the semester at Tempe Center for the Arts.  The group performed the song “Glitter in the Air”, originally sung by Pink, and featured freshman Maya Ferrara as the lead vocalist.  The crowd was very enthusiastic and responsive to the performance! Director Megan Goodman was very pleased with the performance and the turn out for the open mic night.  “This group has had quite a few setbacks this semester leading up to this performance, but despite everything working against them, they have pulled together and worked really hard for this night! All that work is paying off, and it’s exciting to think about what they will be able to accomplish for the rest of the semester!”