A total of 171 piano students participated in the 31st annual Junior Music Festival March 2 at the Pequot Lakes Public School. Established by the National Federation of Music Clubs, the Junior Festival program is for students 18 years of age and younger who study with a qualified teacher as a member of the Minnesota Federation of Music Clubs. Students prepare one piece from a required list of American composers and one of their own choosing. Students may work toward a gold cup, earning points on the basis of performance. A maximum of five points is given for a superior performance and 15 points are required to earn a gold cup, 30 for the second and 45 for the third.
Renee Anderson, Pequot Lakes, is the Festival chairperson and the judges were Scott Ruffing, Patricia Lundeen, Lois Jensen, NolaVarilek and Teresa Kingsley. Teachers that had students in the Festival were Nancy Albertson, Renee Anderson, Lila Clarke, Kara Craine, Kate Davis, Pat Dullum, Rebecca Gordon, Sue Kavanaugh, Teresa Kingsley, Maren Sederquist, Sandy Pancoast, Carolyn Nygard, Elizabeth Schwanke, Cathy Taylor and Lisa Walker.
Those receiving superior ratings were: Grace Adland, Brianna Adkins, Olivia Adkins, Nathan Anderson, Montanna Aragon, Lauren Bensen, Alec Belisle, Gracie Birks, Emily Birchem, Isaac Birchem, Olivia Birchem, Abigail Bjorlo, Bethany Bjorlo, Caleb Bjorlo, AC Borowicz, Lynne Borowicz, Sam Borowicz, Taylor Borowicz, Erin Brine-Doyle, Jackie Brine-Doyle, Megan Buffington, Zachery Burtard, Jacob Butcher, Anne Campion, Caitlyn Carkhuff, Brant Dabill, Emily Danielson, Colton Dohls, Mackenzie Dondelinger, Elizabeth Downie, Ryan Dueth, Erin Fisker, Anna Felthouse, Emma Ferrie, Lauren Forsythe, Anna Fox, Parker Freeman, Alexa Fyle, Luke Fyle, Cameron Gearns, Madelynn Gibbons, Alicia Goode, Abby Grider, Haley Griggs, Laura Halvorson, Caitlinmae Hamilton, Joshua Hankel, Samual Hardy, Summer Hardy, Megan Hensel, Jordan Higgins, Emerson Holcome-Smith, Grace Holcome-Smith, Emma Hopman, Sadie Hopman, Korbyn Hulke, Elizabeth Joque, Noah Joque, Mikaela Kadolph, Tristan Kavanaugh, David Kelm, Tennyson Kelm, Hanna Kennedy, Jed Klang, Josiah Klang, Alli Krantz, Garret Krantz, Nick Krantz, Amanda Kunde, Keyahna Kurilla, Kate Kurtzman, Libby Kurtzman, Hayden Kvalevag, Hannah Larson, Jonathan Larson, Lydia Larson, Madison Leas, Lily Loshko, Rose Loshko, Quintin Lubke, Matthew Majerle, Alex Mann, Raleigh Mann, Gabe Maurer, Alexis Mengini, Luke Meyer, Alli Miska, Mary Moore, Nicholas Moore, Caitlin Murray, Victoria Neff, Aaron Nibbe, David Nibbe, Gunner Niemeyer, Aliyah Nelson, Sarah Nesheim, Jacque Norman, Jennifer North, Isabelle Olson, Preston Owen, Autumn Paulus, Sean Paulus, Abby Pelowski, Maren Pelowski, Riley Pelowski, Micah Pence, Eddie Pierson, Emma Pitzl, Laura Platt, Allison Rice, Dan Root, Taylor Ruhl, Thomas Ruhl, Arielle Roubal, Milena Roubal, Abby Rubado, Anna Russell, Morgan Schmidt, Monte Schott, Jadyn Selisker, Harry Seymour, David Schroeder, Magali Seymour, Taylor Sherack, Ellie Smith, Tanner Smith, Samantha Strong, Cora Tappe, Clayton Taylor, Ava Thompson, Isabel Thompson, James Thompson, Thomas Thompson, Madison Trowbridge, Megan Tschida, Nikita VanHeerden, Tyler VanHeerden, Jamie Wallace, Julia Wallace, Cassandra Weyaus, Dylan Wheeler, Maxwell Wheeler, Nick Whiteman, Sara Whiteman, Sophia Urbaniak and Rylie Young.
Those receiving excellent ratings were: Kate Benson, Britta Bittner, Amber Burtard, Anna Downie, Greta Harmala, Austin Evenson, Jack Gangl, Emma Gearns, Dirk Henry, Riley Henry, Cole Kaneski, Jenna Lee, Olivia Lundgren, Gunnar Niemeyer, Deanna Root, Jenna Seeling, Anna Streed, Ethan Strong, Matthew Thompson and Devon Wheeler.
Those receiving very good ratings were: Hannah Kile and Meagan Tollefson.
Those receiving their first gold cups are: Lauren Benson, Emily Danielson, Emma Ferrie, Alexa Fyle, Dirk Henry, Cameron Gearns, Jordan Higgeins, Kate Kurtzman, Alexis Menghini, Madison Leas, Caitlin Murray, Victoria Neff, Riley Pelowski, Allison Rice, Harry Seymour, Isabel Thompson, Matthew Thompson, Madison Trowbridge and Sophia Urbaniak.
Those receiving their second gold cups are: Bethany Bjorlo, Lynne Borowicz, Sam Borowicz, Erin Fisker, Lauren Forsythe, Alycia Goode, Haley Griggs, Laura Halvorson, Quintin Lubke, Matthew Majerle, Abby Rubado, Magali Seyjmour, Tanner Smith, Clayton Taylor, Thomas Thompson, Jamie Wallace, Julia Wallace and Sara Whiteman.
Those receiving their third gold cups are: Caleb Bjorlo, Erin Brine-Doyle, Jackie Brine-Doyle and Caitlyn Carkhuff.