Turlock singing group wins Foster Farms contest

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Turlock’s Pitman High School Madrigals singing group was chosen as the winner of the Foster Farms Bowl “Oh Say, Can You Sing” contest.

The group was one of 11 finalists that competed for the honor of performing the national anthem at the Foster Farms Bowl on Dec. 27 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara.

Among the finalists were four other Central Valley contestants, which were :

  • Danielle Lopez, 15, from Atwater
  • Makenna Boutelle, 17, from Turlock
  • Madisyn Sumter, 14, from Modesto
  • Ashly Gomez, 17, from Ripon

Yohan Partan, the choir director for Pitman High, knew the experience would be beneficial for his group when they auditioned.

“This would be a great experience for the Pitman High School Madrigals,” Partan said. “Each student went through (an) extensive audition process to become a part of the advanced choral ensemble, and they get to experience highly rigorous vocal music education on a daily basis.”

Partan said that he looks for any real-life experience to teach his class.

The members of the Madrigals are:

Frances Haydock
Juliette Hickey
Janelle Fuentes
Gracie Brogdon
Jenna Brown
Taylor Camp
Delaney Holmes
Edward Lopez
Giovanni Barros
Francisco Ibarra
Madison Guffey
Morgan Haydock
Emily Monson
Rachel Olthof
Eden Autra
Alea Ramirez
Marissa Staffero
Elyse Swanson
Isaac Aguirre
Joshua Hughes
Julie Ontiveros
Jordan Somers

In addition to singing in front of a stadium audience, the group chose United Samaritans Foundation as the recipient of 1,000 meals donated by Foster Farms in the group’s name.

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