VMS students achieve music honors Two Vermillion eighth graders have achieved one of the highest musical honors available to middle school students in the state. Greta Sjolie, daughter of Dennis Sjolie and Silke Hansen, both of Vermillion, and Molly Hammond, daughter of Calvin Hammond of Vermillion and Diana Baker of Wakonda, have been accepted to participate in the fourth annual SDMEA Middle School All-State Band Festival.
Sjolie and Hammond were chosen by taped audition from hundreds of middle school students statewide. They will travel to Pierre on Friday, March 7, for two days of rehearsing with the other selected band members; the event will culminate with a 4 p.m. concert on Saturday, March 8, at the T.F. Riggs High School Theater in Pierre.
Sjolie, on flute, and Hammond, on tuba, will be conducted by clinicians Dr. Randall Royer from Black Hills State University and Dr. Grant Manhart from Northern State University.
�Greta and Molly are two outstanding young musicians who�ve worked very hard and really deserve this opportunity,� said Molly Loder, Vermillion Middle School seventh- and eighth-grade band director. �It�s a musical experience like none they�ve had before.�