Clover High nabs year's 3rd state title

CLOVER -- The Clover Choraliers, Clover High School's premier chorus group, won the 2008 South Carolina Choral Concert Festival Friday in Columbia, bringing home the school's third state championship this school year. The football team and band took top honors in the fall.

"To have won three this year is just tremendous," Clover High principal Ron Wright said. "It just seems like it's sort of all come together for us in this one year."

Junior Richard Derderian helped the football team win its first state championship as a starting tight end. Then, he blended his bass voice with about 100 other Choraliers to win the Concert Festival with a tough repertoire that included "Followers of the Lamb" by Deitterich" and "Se Per Havervi, Oime" by Lauridsen.

"It was just a great feeling because we worked so hard," Derderian said. "I consider myself very lucky to be at this school."

Choral director Jay Forrest credits the students' effort for the win.

"It's a dose of student talent, maybe a dose of teacher drive, but it's 99 percent just hard work," Forrest said.

The Choraliers have won several state choral competitions in the past, including last year when they tied for first place with Northwestern High School from Rock Hill. Northwestern's choral group didn't compete in the competition this year, opting for a field trip to New York City instead.