Lots of songs were from hit Broadway shows, including “The Phantom of the Opera” and “Wicked.” Multiple teachers performed in the recital as well. One act that everyone enjoyed was the rock and roll band that performed right before intermission. The band consisted of two teachers in the high school, Mrs. Emily King and Mr. Jeff Hankey; a favorite substitute and wife of Mr. Hankey, Mrs. Stephanie Hankey; Shannock Valley and Dayton Elementary Principal Dr. John Giancola; and David Miller. They performed three songs: “Have You Ever Seen the Rain” by John Fogerty, “Rock and Roll” by Led Zeppelin and “Comfortably Numb” by John Stephens and Toby Gad.
Other acts performed by the students include “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri and David Hodges, performed by eighth-grader Alyssa Hopper; “The Greatest Showman Medley” arranged by and performed by junior Chance Wesner; and “I Dreamed a Dream” by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg, performed by senior Steven Schaeffer.
The recital ended with a performance by the West Shamokin marching band playing “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond.
Upcoming events in the music department include the chorus concert on May 8, PMEA Junior District Chorus on May 18 and the music department banquet on June 3.
Speaking of upcoming, as graduation approaches for the senior class of 2019, they are excited to partake in lots of fun activities. This year, West Shamokin’s junior-senior prom is themed on the American classic “The Great Gatsby.” Prom will take place on May 3 at the Indiana Country Club.
The seniors are keeping busy by attending many field trips, such as Beacon Lodge for Leo Club, a production at Armstrong High School of “Hamlet” and a French trip to experience French art in Pittsburgh, all within the span of a few weeks.
The seniors are especially looking forward to their trip to New York City from May 23-25. For the seniors, the trip will serve as an enriching experience as they plan to see all of NYC’s most important attractions. Most seniors are reflecting on how their previous outlooks of graduation seemed so distant, but reality is hitting and graduation is on June 12. All of the hard work throughout high school is going to prepare them for their futures, and the thought of leaving the past six years of their lives behind is bittersweet. In sports there are senior nights, and last games feel a lot like a last chance to say goodbye. The class of 2019 is soon to transition from familiar small towns to following big dreams out in the world.
No matter how big those dreams, seniors agree that they will not forget their foundation here at West Shamokin. Good luck, Class of 2019, and enjoy the remaining month of high school life.