Her school’s name had yet to be called Friday at the class 4A OSAA Choir Championships in Newberg, but La Grande High School senior Madison Moody could already feel a wave of elation sweeping over her.

The fifth-, fourth- and third-place finishers were read aloud, then it was announced that two schools had tied for first place. Moody said she was immediately sure that La Grande was one of the two co-state title winners.

Moments later she and all 41 members of the LHS A Cappella Choir were in full celebration.

“This was literally the best feeling I have had the whole time I have been in high school,” Moody said.

Kevin Durfee, director of LHS’s A Cappella Choir, credits the achievement to hard work and his students’ ability to tell stories through song.

“They told the story behind every song. Every song has a story behind it, and they connected the music to the text,” Durfee said.

An ability to sight read also gave LHS a boost. The choir received 56 out of a possible 60 points in sight reading, six points more than any school, securing the co-championship shared with Mollola.

See complete story in Monday's Observer