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Middle school drama club delivers rockin' performance of 'Schoolhouse' [Cockeysville]

Middle school drama club delivers rockin' performance of 'Schoolhouse' [Cockeysville]
The members of the Cockeysville Middle School Drama Club delivered a spirited performance of “Schoolhouse Rock Jr.” at the school June 1. Among those who took the stage were Taylor Gonce (in foreground), and, in the background, from left, Lisandra Bonilla, Bella Lopez, Madison Parks, and Anna Stein (Submitted photo / Submitted photo)

The stage was rocking and the audience was humming along when the Cockeysville Middle School Drama Club gave a spirited performance of "Schoolhouse Rock Jr." on June 1.

Featuring such old favorites as "Conjunction Junction," "I'm Just a Bill" and "The Preamble," the hardworking students did a terrific job in organizing and producing the musical under the direction of Rebecca Holt, an English teacher at the school.

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Mrs. Holt described the process as entirely student-led, from sets to choreography to staging and performing, with the Drama Club working hard since October to put on the show!

The lead roles were performed by Jacob Everhart, Pierce Elliott, Taylor Gonce, Grace Jecelin, Bella Lopez, Mollee Neblett, and Serendipity Chamberlain.

The choir consisted of Anna Stein, Emma Whatley, Sean Olsson, Lisandra Bonilla, Madison Parks and Kieran Abdul.

Behind the scenes were Chareese Perry, Emma Votta, Nicole Wanga, Elena Sheldon and Danielle Stratemeyer as stage and lighting directors, and Naomi Kilelu as music director. Choreography was developed by Amman Athar and Maya Parry. The sets were designed by Kimberly DeJesus, Natalie Taylor, Mya Pena, Ockeya Gilbert, Elsa Kihara, Jenny Barbour, Abigail Mummert, Ayman Athar, Cadence Claypoole, and Emily Miller, along with an assist from the school's National Junior Art Honor Society. Congratulations to all on a terrific performance!

Congratulations to Jiayang Shi and Sumin Woo, both recent graduates of Dulaney High School, who were just named as college-sponsored National Merit Scholars. Shi and Woo were two of just six Baltimore County Public School students and 3,000 students nationally to receive the scholarships.

These four-year scholarships are awarded by the colleges to National Merit Scholar finalists who will be attending the colleges. Shi will attend the University of Maryland to study Mechanical Engineering; Woo is headed to Northwestern University to pursue a journalism degree.

Calling all local musicians. The Hunt Valley Symphonic Band is forming and its organizers are looking for folks who have a passion for music and love to play. The adult community band will be under the direction of Matthew Benner, a Dulaney High School band director, and plans to have three to five free concerts each year. According to Jenn Ambrosiano, founder of the band, the mission of the group is to provide adult amateur musicians in the Hunt Valley area a place to rehearse and perform a challenging concert band repertoire for the local community and beyond.

She hopes that "the community will embrace this great organization, either as a musician or to attend future concerts, with the goal for this group to become a 'household name' in the northern Baltimore County region."

No auditions are required and the group is actively looking for new members, especially those who play trumpet, percussion and low brass, and who currently play or have high school or college experience. Rehearsals start June 27. For more information, please contact Ambrosiano at hvsbinfo@gmail.com.

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