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By Tia Lynn Lecorchick Managing Editor

A creative collaborative effort among Morgan County Schools resulted with a system-wide patriotic-themed art show on Tuesday, April 28. The Fine Arts Extravaganza featured the artistic, theatrical, and musical talents of students from all four Morgan County schools. “The Fine Arts department of the Morgan County Charter School System presents an elaborate and spectacular production which celebrates a united cultural attachment and devotion to our beloved country,” explained Maghan Holmes, music teacher at MCES. “Together as one, each school from primary to high school will take part in representing the theme of patriotism through the avenue of visual arts, dance, theater, and music, both vocal and instrumental. This grand event will be an evening to remember, as the community will experience first hand the quintessence of One Morgan.” School System leaders were thrilled to witness all of the county’s students coming together to demonstrate patriotism through their creative talents.

“We are proud of our young people as they celebrate a patriotic evening using a diverse set of artistic expressions…[students] will express their love for our country through the arts,” said James Woodard, superintendent of schools. “We are honored by the community, parental, and academic support that is continuously given to all of the fine arts programs in our schools. These students learn how to perform in front of large audiences, use microphones, pause for laughs, work with sound and lights, and even make curtain calls! We are thrilled that our girls and boys have opportunities like this Extravaganza to share their talents and gifts,” said Sarah Burbach, assistant superintendent of schools. “Often we get little tastes and snippets of the talent of our young people, but this event will provide a broad brushstroke of the gifts of the youth in our community,” said Jim Malanowski, principal of Morgan County High School.

The show featured performances by the Morgan County High School, Middle School and Elementary School bands, chorus and chorale singers, music from the Primary School students, performances from the drama teams and student dances, and showcased a vast array of students’ artwork created throughout the year. The MCHS Air Force and Junior ROTC performed the ceremonial presentation of the colors.

The show incorporated a patriotic theme with renditions of the Star-Spangled Banner, God Bless America, The Battle Hymn of the Republic, You’re a Grand Old Flag, Stars and Stripes Forever, and America the Beautiful. The primary students performed Uncle Sam is Who I am, and the drama team performed “The Nature of Patriotism.”

All the county schools’ music, drama and art teachers worked together to put on this monumental event for the community, giving Morgan County students their chance to shine. Teachers organizing the event included: Jeremy Skidmore, MCPS Music Specialist, Maghan Holmes, MCES Music Specialist, Kathleen Bryant, Director of Theater Arts, Carisa Elam, MCMS Director of Choral Activities, Karisa Seymour, MCMS Director of Bands, Steve DeLaigle, MCHS Director of Choral Activities, Jeffrey Rowser, MCHS Director of Bands, Leslie Ryals, MCPS Art, Laura Rice, MCES Art, Marjean Meadow, MCMS Art, and Ty Manning, MCHS Art. Sponsors of the event included: Paschal Orthodontics, Piedmont Recycling & Refuse, Teal Couture, the Law Office of Brad J. Evans, Madison Realty, Main Street Vet, WILD Card Café, Amanda C, Martin, CPA, Petals, Bank of Madison and AK2 Productions.

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