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All State Music
October 26, 2018

All-State Music 2018

All State Music

On October 20, Iowa High School All State Music Festival Auditions were held across the state and Ames High had 32 students selected to participate in the prestigious event. The 2018 festival is celebrating its 72nd anniversary and will be held at Hilton Coliseum on the campus of Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa on November 16-17.

According to an all-state press release, only about 17% of students who audition are selected for all-state. Ames High has traditionally made a great showing at all-state, and last year qualified 28 students across all ensembles of band, orchestra, and choir.

Below are a list of students who qualified for all-state:

AHS Band All-State Accepted & Alternates:

Caleb Kong, 2nd Flute

Lillian Montabon, 1st Clarinet

Sarah Song, 3rd Clarinet

Sofyia Palasyuk, 2nd Clarinet

Kayley Helmer, 2nd  Clarinet

Carl Balvanz, Bass Clarinet

Arthur Lubberstedt, 1st Cornet

Emma Todey,  2nd Trumpet

Avery Suza, 3rd Cornet

Adam Eichhorn, 1st  Trombone

Anna Cullinan, 2nd Horn

Izzy Anderson, 4th Horn

Nitzan Friedberg, Tuba

Peter Jaynes, Tuba

Erik Paskach, Percussion

Dominick McDonald, Percussion (orchestra)

Oliver Chen,  Piano


Zac Mueterthies, Bari Saxophone – 1st Alternate

Mario Napolitano, Trombone – 2nd Alternate

Conner Schroeder, Euphonium – 2nd Alternate


AHS Orchestra All-State Accepted & Alternates:

Beau Henson – Violin I

Jenny Kim – Violin I

Daniel Lee – Violin I

Irina Pogorelko – Violin I

Olivia Wong – Violin I

Kira Davis – Violin II

Grace Kim – Cello

Arianna Williams-Suarez – Cello


Isabelle Wong – 1st Alternate Cello


AHS Choir All-State Accepted

Julie-Michelle Manohar – Soprano 1

Eily Mickelson – Soprano 1

Lydia Linch – Soprano 1

Christian Frankl – Bass 1

Josh Gartin – Bass 1

Jackson Bryant – Bass 1

Ana Yam – Piano