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PUNXSUTAWNEY: Band, chorus perform at Christmas concert

by CARLEY SMITH and LAUREN BALL, Gazette Student News Reporters on December 21, 2012 11:00 AM

The music department at Punxsutawney Area High School held its annual Christmas concert on Dec. 17 in the auditorium to get all of the students and staff in the Christmas spirit before the break.

The PAHS choral group performed a number a holiday songs from around the world. With the help from their teacher, Jessica Suntheimer, the group put together selected ensembles to sing for the concert. They worked very hard to do their best and put on a great show for the student body and staff.

"I enjoyed singing 'Issay Issay' because it was fast-paced and peppy," said Punxsutawney junior Eric Ritchey. "I also like the bands part."

The Punxsutawney band also performed holiday music and mixes of original Christmas carols at the concert. Kurt Cessna and his band students have prepared for this concert to ensure that they would give their best holiday concert to date for everyone. With their catchy upbeat mixes on originals, they sure got the crowd moving and into the show.

"My favorite part was the beautiful music that we played," said Punxsutawney junior Shane Beichner. "I also enjoyed seeing all of the people who came to support us."

With the band and chorus collaboration and hard work and preparation, they put on a grooving show for everyone and they did not disappoint. The annual Christmas concert is a tradition at Punxsutawney and always helps with getting the school into the Christmas spirit. The music department did a great job.

Blood Drive held

The Punxsutawney senior class invited the American Red Cross to Gym A on Dec. 14 to hold its annual blood drive. This year, the students donated 43 units of blood that can help save up to 129 patients.

Many students took time out of their day to help the cause.

"I donated blood because I thought it would be nice to save somebody's life," said senior Zach Minich.

Several students also chose to help the Red Cross by not just donating blood, but also volunteering their time to ensure everything ran smoothly.

"I decided to volunteer at the blood drive because it hits home for me," said senior Santana Smith.

"My mom was once low on blood and needed a transfusion."

The blood drive is intended to both help a cause and teach students the importance of community service.

"I think the blood drive is a really important part of our school year," said school nurse Ellen Overly.

"We are able to save lives and convey to the kids just how important it is to help charities such as the Red Cross."

Mrs. Overly and the senior class would like to thank all of the businesses that donated food or food-related items and Brian Musser, the American Red Cross Representative who worked with senior class officers and Mrs. Overly to coordinate the blood drive.

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