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Piedmont High School
Annual Bird Calling Contest


 


History

“Wax,” a student asked one lazy afternoon in 1963, “can we do something to liven things up around here?”  With this request in mind, Mr. Leonard J. Waxdeck recalled an interesting experience from his factory days and created the show that everyone knows today as the Piedmont High School Bird Calling Contest.

That was the beginning of the legend, as it has been reprinted in contest programs for more than five decades. It goes on to recount the multiple appearances on “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson”, followed by multiple appearances on “Late Night with David Letterman” as well.

Though the Contest changed irrevocably in the fall of 1994 with the death of its founder, it has been carried on by the many who share in the spirit of innovation and fun of Mr. Waxdeck.  In honor of the tradition that he created, we continue to present the Annual Piedmont High School Bird Calling Contest year after year. Our hope is that with the support of the community and students, this venerable tradition will continue for many years to come.

Judging

Many people wonder about the criteria for a winning call. Is it the delicate soloist with the enchanting whistle worthy of first-place? Or is the best act the routine that receives the most enthusiastic response from the audience?  To assist any armchair judges in the audience, the following criteria are used.  Though judges give scores for each of the three criteria, points alone do not determine the winners. There are intangibles that set the winners apart.

The judges will act as experts of the Contest to certify the authenticity of the call.

Both stage presence and smoothness of delivery are considered. The beauty and singularity of the birdcall are essential.

Contestants must write their own ‘sketches’. It should include pertinent information about their bird. The information should be organized, well-composed, and in good taste. Humor can be a plus or minus, depending on its appropriateness.

Past Winners

2016 Maya Guzdar, Kay Sibal
2015

Tyler Ellis, Maret Sotkiewicz

2014

Sami Barney, Katie Cummins, Jasmine Nadim

2013

Gabe Bolio, James Clifford, Eli Nash

2012

Tialli Moya-Smith, Sheli Shacker, and Cameron Anderson

2011

Caitlin Baldridge, Austin Kelley, Theo Quayle

2010

Andrew Moorhead, Emma Nicholls, Zach Piser

2009

Anna Kritikos, Claire Rogers, & Rosie Talcott

2008

Derek DeRoche, Eric Sezgen, & Eric Wheeler

2007

Drew Joseph & Drew Kessler

2006

Dana Han-Klein & Claire Menke

2005

Claire Neumann & Kelsey Webster

2004

Laci Halliwell, Brandon Paris, & Bunny Rutherford

2003

Andrew Meyer & Cullen Reddy

2002

Alex Hirsch

2001

Jill Pervere & Rachel Winograd

2000

Eli Liliedahl-Allen & Courtney Labree

1999

David Lau & Paul Celestre

1998

John Shumway & Carl Moren

Piedmont High School is interested in acquiring previous Bird Calling posters, programs, and results for the following years:


Posters

Programs

Results

Pre-1987

All Years

Pre-1992

1988

 

 

1989

 

 

1996-2005

 

 

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