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Show choir wins Totino-Grace competition

Members of the Hastings show choir, Riverside Company, celebrate after winning the Grand Champion award at Saturday's Totino-Grace competition. Hastings also won for Best Choreography. (Photo courtesy of Lisa Bunting)

The top Hastings show choir, Riverside Company, won another Grand Champion award. This time, the choir won the competition at Totino-Grace High School. A total of 15 teams from four states competed at the meet.

Hastings also won for Best Choreography.

"We were a little worried going in there," director Lin Warren said. "There were a lot of great groups. To win it was an exciting thing. It was really was. And so well deserved. I was so proud of the way they were able to really put it all out on the stage."

After the preliminary round, Hastings got its critiques back and then set to work fixing the areas that needed improvement. Making those fixes set the stage for Riverside Company to win the title.

"We had a great critique after prelims, and the kids were able to pretty much do everything the critique judge asked them to do in finals," Warren said. "They just had a really incredible performance. It was their best of the year in finals."

One of the teams that Hastings beat, based out of Urbandale, Iowa, had been undefeated on the season up until Saturday.

Hastings next competes March 24 in Albert Lea.

On March 31, they will compete at a national meet in Branson, Mo.

Chad Richardson

Chad Richardson is the news director for RiverTown Multimedia. He was the publisher of four RiverTown publications until 2016, when he was named news director. He was previously general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He worked at the Hastings Star Gazette from 1996 to 2000 as a photographer and reporter. He also worked as a photographer and writer at the Pope County Tribune in Glenwood.

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