The Pine River-Backus choir program saw early and continued success this year, giving instructor Naomi Horn the opportunity to leave the district on a strong note.

Horn, choral director since the 2016-17 school year, is moving to another school district at the end of this semester.

"It has been an honor to be part of such a hard-working and fun group of students here at PR-B," Horn said in an email. "This year has brought many joys and challenges, but with much growth and reward. The younger students in grades 5 and 6 have so much talent and potential, and the older junior highers in grades 7 and 8 have proven to be successful when given the challenge of high expectations.

"The senior high, composed of grades 9-12, has been an absolute delight to lead day in and day out. They work hard daily, despite many interruptions and unexpected challenges along the way, and they make teaching fun and rewarding," Horn said.

At the large group contest in March, the high school choir received two superiors and one excellent from the judges, the excellent being only one point away from a superior and the second highest score from that judge of the day.

"I sincerely hope the hard work and dedication to the program will continue in years to come," Horn said.

Molly Adkins and Tyanna LeFabvre received excellent ratings for solo performances with superior ratings going to the Chamber Choir, Katie and Emily Hanneken, Kyosuke Marcum and Sarah Carey, Katie Hanneken, Sarah Carey, Caleb Travis, Alyssa Gravelle, and Kansas Tilbury.