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HPS Bands Receive Clinic by Dr. Gabe Southard, Director of Bands of Hope College

Hope College Director of Bands Clinics HHS Bands The HHS 8th Grade Band, Concert Band, and Wind Ensemble were privileged to receive a clinic by Dr. Gabe Southard, Director of Bands of Hope College on Tuesday, April 17th.

This is in preparation for the HHS Spring Band Concert on Monday, April 23, 2018 beginning at 7 p.m. in the HHS Performing Arts Center. Dr. Southard assisted in giving tips and tools to each band not only on how to deal with the more technical aspects of the music but also went beyond the black and white on the page to help enhance the musicality of the pieces.

We are so grateful to Dr. Southard for giving so graciously of his time and musical talents!
8th grade band clinic

HPS Choirs received Division 1 Excellent Ratings; Letter From Choir Director Sarah Cox

HPS has received som fantastic news! Belle Canto, Concert Choir, and Vocal Dimensions who performed at MSVMA State Choir Festival this morning at Hope College and ALL three choirs received Division 1 Excellent ratings! This is a very significant accomplishment as this is the first time we've had Vocal Dimensions and Concert Choir receive Division 1 ratings respectively as last year they were a combined Festival Choir and received a Division 1 rating.

Belle Canto is primarily composed of 8th and 9th grade treble voices and as a non-auditioned choir, this is a VERY significant accomplishment for them as this is the second year in a row this group has received Division 1 ratings at State Choir Festival.

On April 14, the following individuals received Division 1 Excellent ratings at MSVMA HS State Solo and Ensemble Festival: Benjamin Leeka, Ian Fritz, Malachi VanderZwaag, Elijah Babinski, Eliseo Bustillos, Josiah Broussard, HHS Men's Ensemble (Cris Abreu, Jack Khonvongsa, Duncan Lam, Andrew Lunn, David Briseno, Michael Landin, Malachi VanderZwaag). On April 28, the following students received Division 1 Excellent ratings at MSVMA MS Solo and Ensemble: Select Men's Ensemble (8/9th non-auditioned baritone choir), Joy Miller, Greta VanZetten, Jackson VanHekken, Francisco Abreu, Beginning Mixed Ensemble (Camby Ket, Sami Eikenberry, Jackson VanHekken, Francisco Abreu, Charity Burlingame).

Next Tuesday, May 15, is our Senior Recognition Choir Concert in the HHS PAC at 7:00. We will showcase some of our best pieces throughout the year and celebrate the collective accomplishments and our seniors. All are welcome! Next Wednesday, May 16, we depart for our very first performance on stage at Carnegie Hall! We perform at Carnegie on Saturday, May 19 and are SO EXCITED for that opportunity!

Thank you for your continuous support and for celebrating our students. I am incredibly proud of them!
High School Choir At Hope College High School Choir Students
HHS Choir Students

French Horn Duet Takes Home Division 1 Rating!

On Saturday, April 21, 2018, HHS 8th Graders, Rebekah Stilwell and Amaris Russell participated in the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association's District 10 Solo & Ensemble Festival at Northpointe Christian School in Grand Rapids, MI.

They earned a Division 1 Superior rating for the performance of their French horn duet entitled "Canon from String Quartet, Op. 76 No. 2" by Haydn. The blue medals look fabulous on them!

Students with Band Director

Quiz Bowl Happenings April 21, 2018

In Quiz Bowl action this past weekend, the DNA (Dutch Nerd Army) competed against the best teams from around the state at the Michigan State Quiz Bowl Championship at MSU in East Lansing MI.

On Friday, the team lost a narrow 215-300 match to Holt High School (you got us this time Mrs. Pennington!). On Saturday, they fell to Linden High School by an even closer 165-200 score to be eliminated from the tournament.

Competing for the DNA were: Senior Isaac Cinzori, who wound up a decorated career as the captain, top scorer, and best dungeon master of the group. Isaac also was a member of a league championship teams and has competed at State the past 3 years.

Also competing for the Dutch were juniors Alberto Castillo, Adam Chamness, and Annalise Mancinelli, sophomore Jon Noordijk, and freshmen Diamante Balcazar and Alex Marko.

The DNA wrapped up another great season, and is eagerly looking forward to next year. Great job Dutch!!
Class A Tournament 2018 Link  
Quizbowl Team

Area Jazz Professors Clinic HHS Jazz Band!

The HHS Jazz Band has been fortunate to have some very special guests visiting our rehearsals as we prepare to perform at the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association's District 10 Jazz Festival/Clinic on Thursday, March 15th. 

Dr. Brian Coyle, Professor of Music at Hope College as well as Professor Tim Froncek, Director of Jazz Ensembles at Grand Valley State University, came out this past week to clinic the ensemble.

We had a fantastic time and are grateful to these very talented gentlemen for sharing their knowledge and expertise of all things jazz with us!

HHS Clarinet Students Participate in GVSU Clarinet Day 2018!

Students from Holland High School's Concert Band participated in Grand Valley State University's Clarinet Day 2018 on Friday, March 23rd.

The day was filled with students participating in a clarinet master class in which they played sections of solos they are currently working on, receiving critique from Dr. Arthur Campbell, GVSU Clarinet Professor.

In addition, students had the unique opportunity of being able to listen to a GVSU Clarinet Studio recital, where current GVSU clarinet students, including HHS alum, Jenni Soles, performed.
As a finale to a day of all things clarinet-related, GVSU as well as participating high school clarinetists performed 2 pieces for clarinet choir in the Cook DeWitt Center on the Allendale GVSU campus.

We are thankful to Grand Valley State University for offering such an enjoyable learning experience!


Congratulations to the Holland Wrestling Team!

We are proud to announce the MWA has awarded the 2017/2018 Holland Wrestling Team with the honors of Team Academic All State!

HPS Proud! 

Congrats Corbin Choummanivong!

Corbin Choummanivong (45-4) ended his season and career on the podium at the MHSAA State Finals, placing 4th and earning All-State honors. Corbin ended a great career with a 162-35 record, 3x District Champ, 3x Conference Champ, 2x State Qualifier, All-State (4th).

Hope College Honors Band Students

Congratulations HHS Band Students on your outstanding performance this weekend with the Hope College High School Honors Band at Hope College’s Jack Miller Auditorium! 

These students, along with other nominated top high school musicians from around West Michigan, rehearsed only Friday evening and all day Saturday before performing some very challenging band literature at their concert this past Saturday evening under the direction of Dr. Gabe Southard, Director of Bands at Hope College. Holland High School had one of the largest representations at this event with 12 talented students participating!

Please congratulate (top row-from left to right: Hailey White, Tessa Munster, DJ Duron, Allison Riley, Nancy Munoz, Danielle Prins; bottom row-from left to right: Josue Ponce, Josh DeVries, Chandler White, Conrad Cassar, Tyler Eckert, and Will Malakowsky).


High School Band Students with Hope College Band Members

HHS Wrestlers Head to MHSAA State Finals!

Holland High wrestlers Corbin Choummanivong, Jesús Martínez, and Easton Mendoza will be competing at the MHSAA Individual State Wrestling Finals at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan this weekend.

This is first time in many years that Holland is sending more than one wrestler to state. It is also the first time that the championship tournament will be hosted at Ford Field (the event use to be held at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Pontiac).

If our wrestlers are able to win two out of the three matches on Friday, they will earn a spot to wrestle in the finals on Saturday and receive All-State credentials.

If you're not able to make it to Detroit, you can watch the tournament "LIVE" on your computer.

Holland is wrestling in Division 2.
See link for additional wrestling information

HPS Proud! 

High School Wrestlers at Ford Field in Detroit MI

Congrats to our HHS Special Olympians!

Congrats to our HHS Special Olympians!

Our Olympians won 3 out 4 games, including a win over the Holland Varsity basketball teams, at their Special Olympics basketball tournament yesterday at Holland High School. 

Our Special Olympians will be in action once again this weekend as they compete in the Special Olympics Michigan District Basketball tournament in Caledonia, Michigan.

The Holland Red team will play in Division 4 at Duncan Lake Middle School at 9am & 12pm on Saturday, March 3. The Holland White team will play in Division 8 at Kraft Meadows Middle School at 10am & 1pm on Saturday, March 3. Come on out and show your Red & White pride!


2018 Special Olympics

Congrats Holland High Orchestras!

The Holland High Award Winning Orchestras Bring Home Top Ratings Once Again! 

The Symphony and Chamber orchestras received straight division 1 ratings which are considered the top ratings to receive at the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Festival. 

Senior Brian Tran played the Bela Bartok Rumanian Folk Dances with the Chamber Orchestra as a violin soloist and received top comments from the judges. 

HPS Proud! 

Quiz Bowl Happenings 02/26/2018

In Quiz Bowl action Monday night, the Dutch Nerd Army concluded the regular season by competing in the final Roundtable Tournament of the Allegan County Quiz Bowl League.

The Varsity team of Adam Chamness, Alberto Castillo, Isaac Cinzori, and Evan Shibley fought and scrapped to the end, but just came up short, finishing in 2nd place by the closest possible margin (0.5 pts) to Hamilton High.

The JV team of Josh DeVries, Alex Marko, Jon Noordijk, and Nathan Vugteveen finished 2nd in the tournament on the night, which gave them a share of the league title with Hamilton's JV team.

The DNA will be in action again April 20-21 as they travel to MSU to compete in the State Tournament!

2018 Overall Standings  
Varsity Week 6 Roundtable Tourney 
JV Week 6 Roundtable Tourney  
Quizbowl '18 Champs

Quiz Bowl Happenings! 02/12/2018

In Quiz Bowl action Monday, night, the Dutch Nerd Army made a good showing at the first of two roundtable tournaments in the Allegan County Quiz Bowl League.

The Varsity team of Alberto Castillo, Isaac Cinzori, Annalise Mancinelli, and Jon Noordijk finished in 3rd place on the evening, but still are holding on to first place in the overall standings by a paper-thin 1 point margin.

The JV team of Diamante Balcazar, Josh DeVries, Alex Marko, and Nathan Vugteveen placed 2nd on the evening, and also hang on to first by a one point margin.

The DNA will be in action again on Monday, Feb, 26 when they participate in the final roundtable tournament to decide it all.

Good job Dutch!

2018 JV and Varsity Overall Standings  
JV Roundtable Results
Varsity Roundtable Results

Holland High Choir Happenings!

Congrats HHS Choirs and Soloists! 

Senior Eliseo Bustillos represented HPS in the State SATB Honors Choir at the Michigan Music Conference. His experience culminated with a final concert on the stage of DeVos Hall. This concert involved 280 of the top high school singers in the state. This past week, HPS was informed that Eliseo made the All-State Choir, composed of the top 120 singers in the state. He will be the FIRST in the history of HHS Choirs to represent our school district in the All-State Choir on May 12 at Western Michigan University at the Michigan Youth Arts Festival. Please congratulate him on this outstanding achievement!

HHS also had a fantastic day at MSVMA District Solo and Ensemble! Out of the 15 events, HHS had 9 Division 1 ratings and six high Division 2 ratings. Everyone had such amazing personal growth and showed such professionalism and we had over 30 students participate representing HPS.

The following soloists earned Division 1 ratings and will be advancing to compete at State Solo and Ensemble in April: Benjamin Leeka, Ian Fritz, Josiah Broussard, Malachi VanderZwaag, Eliseo Bustillos, Olivia Loan as well as our Men's Ensemble and Women's Ensemble.

Thank you for your ongoing support of the HPS Performing Arts and for celebrating our students!

Choir Director Sara Cox and Student

Students Participating at MSVMA

Choir director with choir students pose with awards

Congrats Yzrael Silguero!

Congrats to Holland High's very own Yzrael Silguero!

It is very hard to get 100 wins in a career in wrestling; but that is exactly what Holland High's very own Yzrael Silguero just accomplished! The prestigious 100 win club would like to welcome Yzrael Silguero. Yzrael went 5-0 at the West Ottawa Invitational to put his career victory mark at 103. The special part about it is he has been beating state qualifiers, state placers, and state ranked wrestlers this season on his way to 100 wins.

The Holland family is extremely proud of Yzrael. Congrats on the milestone victory! Yzrael Silguero also just qualified to be a finalist for the MHSAA Scholare-Athlete award. Our own Yzrael Silguero has been selected as a finalist for the @MHSAA Scholar-Athlete Award. One of only 32 boys from across the state in Class A! Excellent student, leader, and three-sport varsity athlete! Pictures are available on our facebook page "Holland Dutch Wrestling" of YZ and of his 100th win.

Photo of Yzrael Silguero

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Holland High

600 VanRaalte Avenue
Holland, MI 49423
Phone: 616-494-2200
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