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I'm Mike Pope. I live in the Seattle area. I've been a technical writer and editor for over 30 years. I'm interested in software, language, music, movies, books, motorcycles, travel, and ... well, lots of stuff.

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  11:35 PM

We had an outing today to Ellensburg for the annual Washington Music Educators competition (aka "State"). Sabrina had to play at 9:20, so we went over last night and stayed in nearby Cle Elum. (Although some kids did make the trip over from Seattle this morning -- a 125-mile drive -- including some who played at 8:30. Yikes.)

Anyway, she performed her Debussy piece, which seemed to go well. We hung about and went to lunch while awaiting results. A little after noon there were no results yet (the last kid didn't play till 12:00), but comment sheets were available, so she picked those up. A bit disappointing -- two I's and one II. The judges all commented on her tone (Mr. II put a note saying something like "I if the tone were better.") Overall, though, they closed with complimentary comments.

We headed home, and while we were driving, one of the other Garfield kids called her to say that she had "placed," meaning she'd been selected for the top three. Sabrina was delighted. The actual places aren't handed out till evening time at what we hear is a long awards ceremony.

Tonight around 7:00 Sabrina got another call from the same girl: Sabrina had won! Wow. Sabrina was elated, naturally. As are we all. So congratulations to our girl and her success today. We're very proud of her!

Update The sponsoring organization has posted the official results.

Update Clarified the story: Sabrina won on clarinet. (So did the girl who called, on oboe.) By at least one definition, this makes Sabrina the best high school clarinetist in the state of Washington, heh.

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