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AHS All-State Ensemble Honorees Named

 AHS all-state honorees
Ankeny High School students selected to perform in the 2016 All-State Music Festival on November 19.

Front row: Sara Kottra, Lauren Palkovic, Taylor Anthofer. Back row: Emma St. Clair, Lily Jones, Eli Blay, Zane Johnson, Colin Coglizer.

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ANKENY, Iowa (October 26, 2016) - Eight Ankeny High School students have attained the highest individual honor available to Iowa high school musicians by being selected as a member of the 2016 All-State Music Festival.
All-State Chorus Honorees: 
Sara Kottra
Colin Coglizer
Zane Johnson
Taylor Anthofer
All-State Band Honorees:
Lily Jones
Emma St. Clair
Lauren Palkovic
All-State Orchestra Honoree:
Eli Blay
The 2016 Festival will celebrate the 70th anniversary of this prestigious event. District Auditions for the 281-piece All-State Band, 201-piece All-State Orchestra, and 601-member All-State Chorus were held Saturday, October 22, in several locations around Iowa including Storm Lake, Hampton, Manchester, Harlan, Indianola, and Washington. Approximately 17 percent of the students who audition are selected for membership in the All-State ensembles.
“We are very proud of all the vocalists and instrumentalists who ventured through the All-State audition process,” said Ben Walters, head vocal director at Ankeny High School.
Directors of the Ankeny High School Band are Joel Poppen and Jennifer Williams. Ben Walters and MacKenzie Walsh are directors of the Ankeny Choral Music program.

All-State Music Festival Information

The All-State Festival Concert is 7:30 p.m. on November 19 at Hilton Coliseum, Iowa State University, Ames. Tickets are $20 (plus fees) and can be purchased at the Iowa State athletic ticket office or online at Ticketmaster. For more information on the Iowa All-State Music Festival, visit This program is under the auspices of the Iowa High School Music Association and the Iowa Music Educators Association.

Iowa Public Television will record the concert for re-broadcast. Please check the IPTV website for exact dates and times.