Two students from Wakefield Country Day School, in Huntly, won first place prizes in the 2013 James A. Bland Music Competition on Sunday in Washington. The competition was held for those who live or study in Rappahannock County.
The two first place cash winners, among the 16 competitors, were Tyler Johnson and Alex Diehl. Seventh grader Johnson, of Woodville, played Foggy Mountain Breakdown on the banjo and captured the instrumental portion of the contest. Third grader Diehl, of Catlett, sang "Do You Hear the People Sing?" to win the vocal portion. The two will advance to the regional competition; winners there go on to the state contest.
Among other competitors from Wakefield, sixth grader Brooke Miller was awarded an honorable mention cash prize for voice; senior Mary Leskovec won the second place cash prize for voice. And seventh grader Alex Smith and sophomore Freya Rodriguez earned certificates of excellence.
The Rappahannock County Lions Club sponsors the Bland Competition. The music teacher at Wakefield is Brittany Dietz.