There were many emotions felt and assumptions made about the decision before an explanation was given to students about what happened. Students and parents of WWS are now aware of the full story and while I’m not sure if I’m at liberty to disclose any information, I can confidently say that WWS is proud to share the title of GC with MTZ.
As someone who runs scoring at a competition, I’m always looking for ways we can improve our system and navigate any potential errors. I was hoping for some more information, but I agree it shouldn’t come from uninformed speculation.
Final revised comment based on additional info: There is an incredible amount of talent on stage and we should all be supportive of all groups. I was proud to give a standing ovation to many other groups this weekend, and was grateful to have the opportunity to personally compliment several soloists from other groups. While it is crushing for kids to have a result changed, rules are rules and the results need to be correct. I am sorry for letting my passion for the craft and concern for our kids get the best of me!
I was not at this contest, so I can’t speak to the actual rankings used, but it seems to me that it was a simple mistake. It looks like it was nothing more than a scoring error, based on the directors comment. So I don’t think that it should be questioned.