Music Contest by Reesa Boyce
An important and wonderful part of my high school years, was the year I entered the state-wide music contest for the State of Wisconsin. This was encouraged and promoted by Mr. Goodrich, head of our music department. He was wonderful and we all loved him. He handpicked students and worked with them on their instruments or vocal selections. It would be a feather in his cap if any of us qualified, He was so kind, supportive and understanding. I remember the day we went for the competion. I carefully washed my hair the night before, and picked out my best outfit to wear. We all sat out in the hall way waiting for our turn to perform. We were all so nervous. When someone came out of the room we surrounded them asking what it was like. They said they were told not to say anything to any of us, but they rolled their eyes and smiled weakly. When I walked into that room my knees were shaking, thank goodness I was wearing a full skit with big crinolines (popular in the 1950s) that hid my extreme nervousness. There were five judges sitting at a long table, looking very serious. I took a deep breath, but once I sang the first note all went well. I was so glad to get it over, and left the room in a blur.