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Festivity, food and fun from AUHSD students
Western Show Choir hits the high notes
“Who needs to watch Glee when we have this choir with us tonight?” quipped Ron Hoshi as he introduced the show choir from Western High School.
Ably led by Director Paul Wargo the smartly-uniformed choir delighted the members of the Anaheim Arts Council with a 30 minute program of Christmas carols and pop music. And they moved! The mandatory choreography!
This was only the second public outing for this new choir and doubtless they’ll get many more gigs. Although a little shy to start with they soon warmed up and the smiles (there is no excuse for not smiling) and nicely balanced harmonies emerged.
The December meeting of the Anaheim Arts Council can be a poorly attended - people are so busy. But the good number who were there were there fior treat. As if the joy from Western were not enough, students from Walker Junior High school provided a lovely feast of cakes, cookies, strawberries and punch.
Home Economics teacher Jennifer Sasai explained that their school cooking room has been closed pending renovations. They had no access to their ovens. So maybe Santa did us all a favor!
New Superintendent present
The Anaheim Union High School District is a member of the Arts Council and it was delightful to see new Superintendent Dr Elizabeth Novack in the audience, and quickly on her feet to congratulate the students on their success.
The school programs
Walker chefs show off their culinary artsWalker Junior High School’s Renaissance Program is an award winning Jostens Renaissance program. (Jostens is one of the major national companies providing photographic services and years books to schools.) Walker Renaissance aims to recognize the academic achievements of students. Since Renaissance has been implemented at he school they have seen increases in GPAs and greater student enthusiasm. This has even caught the attention of several local including the Buena Park Independent, the Event, and News Enterprise.
The Western H.S. Vocal Motion Show Choir is in its first year of existence. In fact, other than two school performances, this was their first performance in the community. The choir is made up of the best singers in the choir program - 26 students ranging from the 10-12th grades. Their aim is to provide entertainment for community organizations giving the students opportunities to sing in the “real world” with many styles of music and dance. Director Paul Wargo brings his own comedic style to the choir’s performance.