The Little Cypress-Mauriceville Chancel Choir, under the direction of Nikki Hanson, brought home Sweepstakes, from the annual UIL Concert and Sight-Reading Contest.
This is a two-part competition, in which the choir performs prepared pieces before three judges, who rate the choir based on their musicality. Each judge gives the performance a rating, with a One, or Superior, being the best they can achieve.
Similarly, the sight-reading portion of the contest has three judges with the same rating scale, only in this portion the choir is judged on their ability to look at a piece they have never seen and sing through it accurately. If the group gets a One, or Superior in both of these performances, they receive the Sweepstakes award.