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Elkhorn Valley's Brenda Gale and Neligh-Oakdale's Nate Metschke and Pat Miller were recognized with Music Participation awards from the Nebraska Music Educator's Association for their number of students.
More than half of students at Elkhorn Valley and Neligh-Oakdale are taking music classes, and that high number has earned both schools recognition from the Nebraska Music Educator's Association.
Brenda Gale of Elkhorn Valley and Neligh-Oakdale's Nate Metschke and Pat Miller receiving Music Participation awards.
This recognition is given to any Nebraska high school whose music program demonstrates high involvement in music courses and activities. It recognizes the effectiveness of programs that offer attractive music curricula as well as those that excel in the recruitment and retention of students.
To earn the honor, both schools had to have at least 55 percent participation.
Neligh-Oakdale has 57 percent, Metschke said, making it one of just three schools in the state to earn the honor.
"It's a great recognition. We've been around 51-54 percent the last three years, so to now have 57 percent is great for our program," he said. "I think the increase is because kids really like the program and because our schedule has changed a little. High school choir is now seventh period, so more students are taking the class."