Arts Wow! Thursday to showcase student talents

David Broyles

April 7, 2014

PILOT MOUNTAIN —Arts Wow! organizers will hold the fifth showcase of county student’s art projects together in one arena Thursday at Pilot Mountain Middle School. Arts WOW! begins with a reception at 6 p.m. and the program set for 7 p.m.

For the first time in the history of the event, food at the reception is being provided by the Surry County School’s Educational Foundation wand is being prepared by the Food I and II classes from Surry Central High School under the guidance of teacher Sabrina Wilmoth.

Organizers Director of Communications, Instructional Media and Teacher Quality Sonia Dickerson and Administrative Assistant Renee Moore said throughout the school year, students in the Surry County School District have many opportunities to display their talents in different arts programs to a variety of audiences a special night was needed to honor them as well.

Dickerson explained the large showcase’s goal is to “wow” the audience. All students recognized for awards earned throughout the school year will receive a medallion. The medallion design this year was by Caroline Willard, a student at the Surry Early College. The design includes various areas of the arts.

“All of our students’ art which has been entered in arts contests will be on display that night,” Dickerson said. “All of our arts teachers, music teachers and band teachers have put in a lot of work in preparation for this program. Our purpose in the Surry County Schools is to educate the whole child. Arts give our students a more well rounded education in topics they can’t just get from a book.”

Assistant Superintendent Charles Graham will serve as the master of ceremonies. The prelude to Arts wow! will be performed by the Pilot Mountain Middle Jazz Band Showcase.

According to organizers, performances will include, the “Star Spangled Banner” sung by selected county elementary students, “Alphabetiks” will be performed by local students from NC Elementary State Honors Chorus honors with Keena Moxley serving as accompanist. A selection from “Peter Pan Jr.” will be performed by the Gentry Middle School Drama Club and the piece “Collisions” will be played by the Surry County High School Percussion Ensemble.

Students who are members of the middle school NC Honors Chorus and All-State Chorus will sing “Why We Sing” and the piece “Dark Fortress” will be performed by the Middle School All County Band/Northwest All District Band and selected county middle school students as well as local members of the high school NC Honors Chorus/NC All State Honors singing “True Light.” Mars Hill Choral Festival participants and Greyhound Sounds with soloists Anna Mertson, Will Easter and Pianist Ryan Singleton are also on the docket. Theatre and Visual arts awards will also be announced at the event.

David Broyles may be reached at 336-719-1952 or on twitter@MtAiryNewsDave.