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Singing Your Way to Success: District Honors Chorus

Catoosa County students traveled down to Woodland High School to be a part of the distinguished District Honors Chorus.
J. Hamilton

On Monday, November 13th, 2023, Heritage High School’s chorus students traveled down to Woodland High School in Emerson, Georgia. The students that made District Honors Chorus left around 7 a.m., and the buses did not return until around 10 p.m. that same night. It was a long trip for these talented students. Every year selected chorus students are chosen to sing in the District Honors Chorus. District Honors Chorus is a Georgia Music Educators Association event where advanced singers are picked to represent their school. The students are chosen to sing with other chorus groups from all around Georgia in the District Honors Chorus.

J. Hamilton

These students are picked by auditioning to HHS choir teacher, Mrs. Hamilton, in August. Mrs. Hamilton explained, “It is a big responsibility. The students who are chosen spend seven hours listening to performance tracks, and spend even more of their own time practicing singing the music.” To be selected to represent Heritage High School in the district chorus is a huge honor. HHS, Ringgold High School, and Lakeview High School all went together as a group this year. Upon their arrival, the students started rehearsing and getting ready for the big concert that would take place at the end of the day with all of the talented students. The concert this year was a huge success and a great educational experience for the students. Isaiah Dennis, a sophomore, said, “It was a lot of fun, we were singing all day, and just had a great time.” This trip is a great opportunity to learn more about chorus and sing at higher levels for the students. Mrs. Hamilton said, “I think it’s important for the students to learn how to sing in different languages and styles of music, and it just gives them a faster repertoire.” Below is a list of all the students that participated in District Honors Chorus.

Attending Students 

  • Isaiah Dennis
  • Ryan Dowis 
  • Kaiden Emahiser-Smith 
  • William Farmer
  • Janna Franks 
  • Darbie Haley 
  • Caleigh Jackson 
  • Lilly Mize 
  • Julia Petteys
  • Peyton Reece 
  • Ayden Smith 
  • Athena Stillman 
  • Kaitlyn Sullivan 
  • Emily Taylor 
  • Aiden Tipton 
  • Cecilia Ward 
  • Maddox Weaver


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Maryetta Williams
Maryetta Williams, Staff Writer
Maryetta Williams is a 15-year-old sophomore attending Heritage High School. She tries to be involved a lot in the Heritage community. This is Maryetta’s second semester in Journalism, and she is an all-Honors student. Maryetta plays club volleyball during the fall/winter/spring. She is in HOSA and will soon complete the Health Occupations pathway. She works very hard to have good grades, so she can have a good GPA for college applications. Language is Maryetta’s favorite subject in school. Maryetta hopes to one day work in the medical field. In Maryetta’s free time she likes to swim, hang out with friends, and read books. She lives with her mom, stepfather, brother, and two dogs. Payton and Murphy are Maryetta’s dogs: Payton is a Lab/Boxer mix, and Murphy is a miniature Schnauzer. She loves to listen to music; she finds it to help with anxiety a lot. Some of her favorite artists include Taylor Swift, Phoebe Bridgers, Lorde, and Olivia Rodrigo. She also loves to read books: "Red Queen," "The Selection," and "Legend" are some of her favorites. Maryetta is very excited to see where the rest of her high school will take her in the future.