Art hung up high on the walls and the sounds of the drums rang through the art wing but the vocalists reigned supreme during our first annual arts showcase that took place on January 16.
“Their words, their lyrics inspired me,” Mr.Yasser, the Arabic instructor said.
The showcase was an event that displayed the talents of students and introduced the arts program to the rest of the school. Sophomores Mickaela Flood and Jaqueline Braxton sang solo songs, and the choir sang together with the band backing them up. Music teacher Dameion Roy directed all the music.
“This type of event is great for the school culture and climate because it will bring the whole community together,” Coach Ian Jones said.
This also gives children the opportunity to break out of their shells and leave everything on the stage for the people to hear, and they heard them, loud and clear.
“Sometimes kids are scared and don’t give credit to themselves and what they are capable of… seeing this, kids showing their talents is a good thing,” JROTC instructor Sergeant Davis said freshman vocalist Keilyhan Echeverria sounded great..
“She was the one who really stood out to me. Her high pitches and energy were great,” Sergeant Davis said.
This showcase was under wraps since last spring and is one of many that is hoped to come.
“This is our first time doing something like this since I’ve arrived here and they all did an incredible job,” Principal Ralston said when asked about the reason behind this.
“It was a perfect showcase of the diversity of this school: the international, rise, and grade academy,” Ralston said. “I’m hoping this betters the integrity of the school and makes it more inviting.”