NHS student performs with National FFA Band

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Students recognized for their holiday card artwork included (l-r) Kelis Alexander, Madison Belangia, Tyrell Williams Jr., Kaylah Johnson, Alexandria Warden, Elspeth Swindell with John Peel, NHS art teacher, standing on Swindell’s behalf.

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From staff reports

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Lauren Shannon, a senior at Northeastern High School, was selected to perform in the National FFA Band. Students were selected through an application process in which they had to submit a recording of them performing. Shannon plays the tenor saxophone.

According to Shannon, "This experience meant a lot to me because it combined two of the clubs/activities I enjoy participating in; band and FFA. It was nice meeting others who had commitments in both clubs/activities." The experience encouraged her by "being a part of group that was willing to work hard to put together music, that most had never seen before, in only three days."

The National FFA Band gives students interested in both band and agriculture the opportunity to excel in both areas. When asked if she would encourage others to consider applying for this honor, Shannon said, "I would encourage others who love both agriculture and band because you get to meet other people that share your two passions. Most of the band members were very nice and cared about each other, despite not having known each other at all. There were 31 different states represented in the band and by talking to the other band members, you get to learn a lot about these other states."

Shannon recently had another similar opportunity, being accepted into the Young Professionals Symposium. According to Shannon, "I was one of 25 participants selected statewide to participate in this symposium based on my application. At the conference, I was able to attend exhibits, concerts, and sessions on conducting, auditioning, interviews, woodwinds, financial and time management, and multicultural sessions. I was also able to meet Music Department Professors, graduate students, and high school peers that I may be working with in the future."

Shannon plans to pursue a degree in music education and aspires to be a band director.

Student artwork on holiday cards

This year, ECPPS holiday cards included two designs with more student artwork. The holiday cards are available at www.ecpps.k12.nc.us, on the ECPPS Facebook page and have been shared throughout other school districts and our community.

The Board of Education and Superintendent Larry Cartner recognized the students whose artwork was selected for the cards this year, during the Dec. 18 meeting of the board.

Students recognized included Kelis Alexander (Northeastern High); Madison Belangia (Weeksville Elementary); Tyrell Williams, Jr. (Weeksville Elementary); Kaylah Johnson (Sheep-Harney Elementary); Alexandria Warden (ECP Early College); Elspeth Swindell (Northeastern High).