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32. CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, April 5 - April 11, 1996 School & Education Cape High Band returns from Florida with top honors By Kristen Seal The Cape Henlopen High School Concert Band, Jazz Band and Choir returned from Orlando, Fla. this week with more than Dis- neyworld souvenirs and a painful sunburn. The three groups all returned from the Orlando Classic Music Festival with "superior" rankings from the judges - the best ranking a band can receive. "We've returned from festivals with maybe one superior before, but we've never had all three groups judged as superior," explained Band Director Barry Eli at a special press conference held on Tuesday, April 2. He added that his students com- peted in the same festival two years ago and several of the same judges were present this year. "Many of the judges said to us that we had gotten bigger and we had gotten better," Eli said. The entire marching band also shared in a magical experience over the weekend while in Florida. The band was selected to march in the Spectromagic Light Parade directly through the heart of Dis- neyworld and around the famous Disneyworld castle as a part of Disneyworld's Magic Music Days. Eli explained that he had sent both video and audio tapes in October with the applicatibn to march in the parade and one month later he was notified that his band had been selected. The Orlando Classic Music Festival has been held for ten years and not once has a band from the festival been accepted to march in the Spectromagic Light Parade. Eli added that the Cape Hen- lopen Marching Band marched in the 25-minute parade (playing the theme from Indiana Jones) with one other high school band from Louisiana and floats full of Disney characters. "It was just incredible," he said. "There were Disney characters on floats throughout the rest of the parade; one float weighed 12 tons." The 168 students and 25 parents departed from Delaware on Wednesday, March 27 and returned on Monday, April I. Several students explained that plenty of tears were shed and hugs were given during the awards cer- emony at Universal Studios and likened their relationships with fellow band members as one big family. "Our band is like a big family and everybody takes care of everybody else," said freshman Barbara Carter. "I've been on four band trips,'" said senior Rob Brandt, "and this trip definitely went more smoothly than the others and everybody had a lot of fun. Whenever we go away we hear someone else saying what Mr. Eli has been saying all along and you really start to take it to heart." "Students can learn a great deal outside of the classroom and the more that they can get out and meet other bands and compare what they're doing, the better they're going to get," added Cape Henlopen High School Principal Kristen Seal photos Some members of the CaPe Henlopen High School Concert Band are seen here: back row (I- r) Jim Baker, Craig Beebe, Rob Brandt, Tim York, Mike Parker, Courtney Gregerson, Jen Pep- per, Lasha Samms, Chris Robinson, Dawn Meding, David Kittell. Middle row (l-r) Scott Elder, Doug Parke, Chris Myers, Pam Stevenson, Cherie Ockels. Front row (I-r) Alicia Hollenbeck, Stephanie Read, Katie Melson, Jenny Dey, Princess Savage, Barbara Carter, Holly Hudson and Band Director Barry Eli. Ron Burrows. "Barry's [Eli] enthusiasm has shown through his chorus and band and we have seen a big improvement. These awards certainly speak well of Barry and the program." Eli and the Cape Henlopen High School Concert Band, Jazz Band and Choir all still have goals in mind even though they have received top honors at the festival. "We are never going to be per- fect; there are still a lot of areas we still need to work on to make us even better," Eli said. "We're going to look into other festivals and work on trying to get the choir to perform at Disneyworld." Several members of the Cape Heulopen High School choir are pictured above (back row l-r) Choir Instructor Barry EH, Rick Parsons, Mike Williamson and C.J. Reed. Front row (l-r) Steve Anderburg, Katie Bandekow, Lea Fritz, Jen Peer and Chris Myers. Cape High students inducted into National Honor Society One of the largest groups of students to ever be inducted into the National Honor Society earned that honor on Thursday, March 20 in the Little Theater of Cape Henlopen High School. Faculty members select Honor Society members on the basis of four ideals: leadership, schol- arship, character and service. "This induction should serve as a benchmark in your lives," said Cape Henlopen High Principal Ron Burrows. "It takes a lot to meet these stringent qual- ifications." The new members of the Honor Society are shown here following their induction. They are (not in order): Michelle Campbell, Kate Chambers, Brandi Townsend, and Chris Williams of the senior class; Jennifer Best, Kristy Best, Lauren Burke, Angela CahiH, Marion Campo, Kay Cofrancesco, Wendy Herbert, Meghan Jefferson, Cheryl McDaniel, Dawn Med- ding, and Michael Wright of the junior class; and Tara Arensberg, Shelly Beauchamp, Sarah Burton, Chia-Chun Cheng, Dawn Cintavey, Susan Clark, Daniel Foery, Allison Gaffney, Crys- tai Hastings, Daniel Heacock, Frank Hitchens, Michelle Manship, Marco Kaye, Sarah McCar- ton, Kelly Meding, Jarrod Melson, Eric Mills, Tara Pride, Amy Reardon, Mark Redden, Lusha Saums, Bradley Travis, Kristine Vavala, Erica Waples, and Adam Wright. John M. Hilton is faculty advisor for the Cape Henlopen High School National Honor Society chapter. Several members of the Cape Henlopen High School Jazz Band are shown here. Back row (l-r) Jimmy Baker, Rob Brandt, Craig Beebe and Tim York. Front row (l-r) Band Instructor Barry Eli, Doug Parke and Mike Parke. Cape School District menus Cape Henlopen District Lunch menus April 8-12 Elementary and Middle Schools Monday, April 8 to Friday, April 12 - Schools closed for spring vacation. High School Monday, April.8 to Friday, April 12 - Schools closed for vacation.