Three out of four groups representing Central High School brought home sweepstakes awards from the Regional UIL Concert and Sight-reading Contest in Midland Wednesday. The award is the highest honor awarded at the contest.

The Bobcat Chorale, Bella Voce Women’s Choir and the Concert Ladies Choir each received superior ratings in concert and sight-reading, earning each group a sweepstakes award. The men’s choir received a superior rating in concert and an excellent rating in sight-reading. Nearly 200 CHS students competed at the contest.

During the contests, each group performs a selection of musical works for a panel of three judges and then sight-reads for another panel of three judges. For a group to earn a sweepstakes award, they must earn a combined rating of superior on both portions of the contest.

“We’re incredibly proud to have continued the history of superior, sweepstakes-winning choirs at Central High School that remains unbroken for the last 60 years,” Landon Gilmore, CHS director of choral activities, said. “We have a rich tradition of excellence in choral music at Central High School that goes back decades. Our students take great pride in continuing that legacy each year.”

Central High School choirs will perform a concert at 7:30 p.m. May 23, at Holy Angels Catholic Church, 2309 S. A&M Ave. Admission is free and the concert is open to the public.

The Central High School Choir Program is under the direction of Landon Gilmore and Sunday Vaught. Gilmore directs the Bobcat Chorale and Men’s Choir, and Vaught directs the Bella Voce Women’s Choir and Concert Ladies.