I am SO proud of my student, Rachel!!

She took first place at the Regionals for the Assembly of God Fine Arts competition. Festival. Whatever. And got invited to Nationals for the second time.

The first round was on Tuesday. She got a Superior, and scored 38 out of 40. We found out Thursday that she had advanced to the playoffs.

Tonight, at the Awards Ceremony – attended by 10,000 people in Columbus, Ohio, it was announced, first, that there were three finalists, and Rachel was one of them.

Then they announced that she was the WINNER! FIRST PLACE!

AND THEN they told her to come up; she was going to play! AND SHE DID!!!

You can see the video here.

The announcement of winners in the piano solo division is at 1:03:20.  Rachel plays at 1:36:15.


To make it that much more fun – I was in the middle of trying to find the paperwork for our reservation of chicken butchering equipment at the co-op, which was closing in a half hour, when my phone beeped.  Mrs. M, who is all the way across the country in Virginia, texted me:  “Rachel just won first place at National Fine Arts!!”

… at which the equipment thing went completely out of my head.  I screamed – and four people came running to see what happened, while I scrambled around trying to get my computer to show the live streaming.  Which it wouldn’t.  Had to wait for Mr. Caffeinated to get home, and then scrambled around some MORE trying to find her on the stream.  Turned out she hadn’t played yet.  BUT – I was watching live when she did!

SO proud.

SO thrilled.

SO! …. so!

Does anyone have a ladder?  I’m eventually gonna have to get down off of Cloud Nine, here.  But I do think I’ll stay the night.


About dep31

I am a farm-raised homeschooling mom. I take great joy in making nutritious food that inspires people to take seconds. Thirds, anyone? We are a God-fearing, Christ worshiping family that enjoys good friends and good eats. If the kitchen is clean and the living room carpet is visible, then that's a nice bonus.
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