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Model Musician

Reagan Senior Student State Finalist in Choir, Business Competitions

By Amy Morgan

 

Ronald Reagan High School senior student Ana Rivera Fernandez lives the American dream after immigrating from Mexico with her family as an elementary school child. Already fluent in English thanks to her previous, bilingual school, Ana joined Vineyard Ranch Elementary School’s choir in the fourth grade. Despite reporting she doesn’t consider herself as musically gifted as her brother, Fernando, Reagan class of 2020, or freshman sister, Ema, Ana’s achieved top honors as a high school vocalist — earning a spot in one of the three 2022 All-State Choir Ensembles.

 

All-state choirs are revealed at the annual Texas Music Educators Association convention in San Antonio. Out of 30,000 initial contestants, only the top choral students in the state make it to an All-State choir. Vocalists must prevail through multiple auditions of singing and sightreading. Ana’s melodic voice in the lower register, along with her musical training, placed her third in the area’s Tenor/Bass division. 

 

“I finally made it my senior year!” she said. “This is something I’ve always looked forward to.  I’ve spent so much time with directors Mr. De La Cruz and Ms. Cowart, choir as an organization is my favorite part of high school!”

Ana sings Bass in Reagan’s varsity Chamber Choir and Chantez Nouvelle, the acapella show choir for which she schedules local performances. Ana also studies AP Music Theory, just one of the many AP classes that have helped her earn a GPA of 109.6, with class rank of 73/831. This winter, Chantez Nouvelle recorded a commercial for HEB in which they sang a customized version of “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.”

 

Ana plans to study accounting at UTSA in the fall. She earned the Texas Excellence Grant, the Pell Grant and the Distinguished President’s Scholarship. “I’ve worked hard to get scholarships to make my family proud,” she said. Ana plans to join the university’s extracurricular choir so vocal performance can continue to remain an enjoyable hobby.

 

Ana joined both DECA and Model UN her freshman year at Reagan. She now manages logistics as a Model UN officer. Recently, she traveled to the Central Texas Model UN Conference held at UT in Austin, as well as led a debate room at Reagan’s RUNWAY conference themed on James Bond’s SPECTRE.

 

Ana’s competed at state all four years she’s been involved in DECA — a business-based competition organization. She participated in the Role Play section, where students are given 10 minutes to prepare to present a specific business scenario before judges. Her efforts qualified her as a State Finalist for the past two years. 

 

“I like thinking on my feet,” she said, a quality that will serve her well in future endeavors.

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