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I ! ! ! I! i!ill I ;1!1 ! School & Education Cape Gazette 26 TUESDAY, MAY 20 - THUR.RDAY, MAY 22, 9'014 First time band exchange a success at Cape Orchestra members offer pointers By Melissa Steele melissasteele@capegazette,com in Delaware, said ]oFran Falcon, the orchestra's vice president of education and outreach. MSO musicians Edna Huang, clarinet; Lori Kesner, flute; Stu- art Smith, trumpet; and Fritz Kranz, tuba, showed up during the regular band class to offer their expertise, Falcon said. The band played first played "Elegy for a Young American" for the professional musicians, and then they broke into groups by instrument, Falcon said. After some small-group instructions, and plenty of pointers by the pros, the Cape band returned to Cape band members say a visit with Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra musicians was a once- in-a-lifetime experience. Band Director Christopher Burkhart said the band improved immedi- ately and also learned some life lessons. The April 10 visit was the group's first outreach program Cape High Band Director Christopher Burkhart directs the band during a re- cent practice. play the same song; Falcon said she could hear how the tutoring sessions helped. "The sound of the band after the master classes was significantly better than it was before," she said. Burkhart was pleased with the improvement, too. "I found this master class to be hugely beneficial to the group," he said. "The band immediately improved in a practical way be- cause the students were able to spend an hour with a profes- sional musician that plays their instrument." On a deeper level, Burkhart said, students got a glimpse of what it takes to be successful in life by interacting with the pro- fessionals. Although he doubts many students will continue with music as a career, he said, they saw firsthand how someone can turn a passion into a career through tenacity and discipline. "Every one of them can take those principles, and apply them to their endeavors," Burkhart said. "Personally, I think that's one of the most important con- cepts we can possibly teach." Tenth-grader Danielle Bishop said she appreciated the time the musicians spent at Cape. "The orchestra members were amazing people who play their instruments beautifully," she said. "Having the Mid-Atlantic SUBMITED PHOTO MSO MEMBER Edna Huang helps the clarinet section with their music. Symphony Orchestra members come to our school and mentor us not only by the piece we were playing but techniques to make our sound better was a once-in-a- lifetime experience that is greatly loved by me and my fellow band members." Falcon said a Delaware busi- nessman helped make the exchange possible with a gener- ous donation. "Mr. Michael ]ahnigen of Frankford, Delaware has made a generous donation to the MSO to fund the school programs this year," she said. "The Mid- Atlantic Symphony Orchestra is very appreciative of his sup- port, which allows the MSO to offer this unique opportunity for young musicians to acquire some expertise from professional musicians." Sussex Tech to hold graduation May 29 Graduation ceremonies for the class of 2014 at Sussex Technical High School in Georgetown will take place Thursday, May 29, rain or shine. The processional will begin at 6 p.m., and the ceremony will immediately follow. Guest speaker will be Dr. ]ohn Sell, a Sussex Tech assistant princi- pal and the 2013 Delaware State Teacher of the Year. Sell taught English for 22 years before becoming an assistant prin- cipal at Sussex Tech last fall after being honored as the 2013 Delaware Dr. John Sell State Teacher of the Year. He was one of the first teachers at Sussex Tech to begin using on- line quizzes for students and to put all course materials online for parents and students. -Sell said, "Being able to help students laugh and enjoy the learning process is key to helping thm become lifelong learn- ers who will not see reading or writing or studying as tedious tasks and hurdles, but rather as entertaining endeavors that can unlock a treasure trove of op- portunities for a better and more fulfilling life." His charisma and ability to connect with students so naturally are the reasons the senior class invited him to be their commencement speaker. Family and friends are invited to the commencement ceremo- nies. If held outside in Raven Stadium, no tickets are necessary, and access to the stadium begins at 4:30 p.m. Seating and handicap accessibility are available on both sides of the field. Tickets are re- quired for the stadium disability seating area for the handicapped person and one escort only. Call the school at 302-856-0961 before Friday, May 23, to obtain handi- cap seating and parking tickets. Pictures and videotaping may be done along the fence to each side of the handicap seating. Spectators may not enter onto the field until after the conclu- sion of ceremonies. In the event of rain, the com- mencement ceremonies will be held in the gymnasium. Because of the limited space, tickets are required by adults and children of any age to enter the school. During graduation rehearsal Wednesday, May 28, graduates will each receive three tickets for gymnasium admittance plus two run-over admittance tickets. The two runover guests will be allowed to view the ceremonies via television in either the caf- eteria or other designated areas. Disabled guests with handicap tickets will be admitted into the school at 4:30 p.m., and the doors will open for all other ticket hold- ers at 5 p.m. Decision about the weather will be made by noon and notice will be placed on the school's webpage at www.sussexvt.kl2. de.us. Graduation practice for all seniors will be held Wednesday, May 28, from 8:30 a.m. until noon. Seniors must attend. The senior picnic will be held after rehearsal. The rehearsal and pic- nic are for Sussex Tech seniors only. The Academic Awards Cer- emony will be Tuesday, May 27, at 6 p.m. in the gymnasium. Over $3 million worth of awards and scholarships will be presented to members of the class of 2014. For other important informa- tion necessary for Sussex Tech graduates, go to www.sussexvt. kl2.de.us. CHOY EARNS TOP HONORS IN YOUNG WRITERS' COMPETITION SUBMITTED PHOTO CHRISTOPHER CHOY, a junior at Worcester Preparatory School, was named the State of Maryland 11th Grade Winner in the 2013-14 Young Authors' Competition. Shown at the awards ceremony in Hunt Valley, Md., Christopher is pictured with actress and writer Sonia Manzano, who played Maria on "Sesame Street." Christopher is the son of Drs. Wilson and Linda Choy of Rehoboth Beach.