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Three Belton ISD Students Named Outstanding Performers in Texas State Solo-Ensemble Contest

Three Belton ISD students have earned top recognition at the 2022 Texas State Solo-Ensemble Contest (TSSEC). 

Rachel Kim, from Lake Belton High School, and Angel Rios-Torres and Ethan Rasmussen, from Belton High School, were named Outstanding Performers for solos they performed at the contest in May. The honor comes with a gold-draped medallion identical to state champions in all UIL events.

“This is a huge honor in the music world and represents months of dedicated practice and years of hard work by both the students and their instructors,” said Keith Zueklke, director of fine arts. “It’s an incredible recognition for these students and also great for our entire program because it shows other students they can follow in these footsteps and set high-level goals.”

Of approximately 100,000 students participating in the regional UIL music contests and the thousands of musicians who performed at TSSEC, only 2-3% of the solo performances earned the honor of Outstanding Performer.

Kim, a sophomore, earned her award for a violin solo. 

“I am incredibly proud of Rachel for this achievement,” said Jenna Burchell, director of orchestras at LBHS. “Violin is one of the most competitive instruments in the musical world, and to receive this level of recognition is one of the biggest accomplishments you can achieve as a string musician.”

Rios-Torres performed a euphonium/baritone horn solo while Rasmussen performed a keyboard percussion solo. Both graduated in May 2022. Their directors include Kevin Kwaku, Chris Kreger and Ian Smith. 

“This recognition is given to students whose performance leaves a lasting impression on some of the most highly acclaimed music educators within our state,” Kwaku said. “We as band directors are proud to witness their success.”

Oct. 6, 2022