Nine Miami High School student are on their way to state competition at the Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee.

The group is part of the vocal music program and  received high marks at recent competitions.

Their performance at district earned them a place at the state level.

Veronica Copher, Miranda Schartz and Kayla Barnes made superior in solo.

James Redden, Kaylee Douthit, Lori Graham and Rylie Kinsey made both solo and ensemble. Madeline Osborne and Derekka Dillon made ensemble.

Participation in the annual contest is no surprise for Ron Stowell, the vocal music teacher.

"I have been with the high school for 30 years and have seen many of my students in those years make it to State,” said Stowell. “We have been working very hard since January.  I pick all the songs that each of my student’s sing. Most of them are in a foreign language so I have to teach them syllable by syllable.”

In order to get a superior rating, the students had to be perfect in their performance, according to Stowell.

“No wrong rhythms, perfect notes and being able to phrase and articulate allwords correctly,” said Stowell.

As the school year winds down, the vocal music class has also stepped up their practice schedules preparing for their end of the year chorus concert.

Songs will include highlights from Mamma Mia and Hairspray.

The concert will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 12, at the Coleman Theatre.