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School & Education Cape Gazette TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 - THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2013 21 DCHS se-nior performs at Grand Ole Opry The journey began a year ago when the Annie Moses Band performed at Crossroad Com- munity Church, where Delmarva Christian High School senior Erica Apgar is a member. "They told us about a two- week camp they run called the Fine Arts Summer Academy," said Erica. "I knew immediately that I wanted to attend, but I had to send in an application and an audition tape before I could be considered and accepted." In July, Erica found herself on a plane headed for Nashville, Tenn. She was about to take part in the Southeast's leading pop/classi- cal arts program and one of the largest education arts events in Music City. Erica was among more than 200 aspiring young artists from around the world who would be studying with classically trained teachers from major arts conservatories and universities including Julliard School in Man- hattan, Berldee School of Music and Cincinnati Conservatory. "What was really amazing hap- pened the night before my plane ride," said Apgar. "I received an email that I was selected to audition for a solo, and that au- ditions would happen the day I arrived in Nashville. I had to quickly learn and familiarize myself with a selection of songs. My whole plane ride consisted of listening to Stevie Wonder, Louis Armstrong, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Jewel and Johnny Cash." Once she arrived, she was overwhelmed by the talent of the other 20 students who were also chosen for solo auditions. Apgar said, "I thought I had no chance of getting anything. What was even more intimidating was that the audition was in front of a room filled with Annie Moses Band members and all the camp instructors. Then, I was really shocked when I got a call two days later saying they wanted me to do a second audition on the spot!" During the first week, Erica had to memorize choir songs, harmonies, ensembles, solo pieces and choreography. She also attended a couple of voice lessons, a vocal technique class, a vocal master class and a song- writing class. By the second week, Erica was also busy mak- ing friends and preparing for the final Gala Performance to be held at the Grand Ole Opry. "I was so excited when the day of the gala came," Apgar said. "I got to dress up real fancy and spend an entire day backstage at the Grand Ole Opry. I even got a huge dressing room! It was crazy walking up to perform on a stage where many famous people have stood such as Elvis Presley, Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood." As exciting as the entire expe- ERICA APGAR LEADS the Praise and Worship team during Chapel Services at returning from Fine Arts Summer Academy in Nashville. rience was for Erica, the greatest opportunity for her was being able to express her testimony through music. "The fact that God opened up the door for a group of talented musicians and singers to share his word in song on such a huge platform was phenomenal," Apgar said. "I know that God was honored that night, and I am very thankful to have had just a small part in something so big." Following the gala, Apgar per- formed in the academy's two-day showcase where she performed her ensembles and sang a solo in "Precious Lord Take My Hand," sang alto in "Nearer My God To Thee," and sang second soprano SUBMITTED PHOTO Delmarva Christian High School after in "Old Atlanta." "FASA was a true blessing and a growing experience that I'll al- ways treasure," Apgar concluded. "It is my prayer that I will be able to go back one year." Apgar is a senior at Delmarva Christian High School and is a leader of the school's Praise and Worship team. Sussex Tech welcomes new staff members for 2013-14 school year New Assistant Principal Dr. John Sell welcomed 17 new staff members at Sussex Tech dur- ing the 2013-14 staff orientation session. Carle Ax will be teaching geometry and Algebra 2. She earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Wesley Col- lege and her master's degree in teaching from the University of Delaware. Ax will also serve as assistant volleyball coach for the Lady Ravens. H.J. Bunting is Sussex Tech's new auto technology teacher. He has 23 years of experience as an auto technician at First State Chevrolet. Laura Cable will be teaching English and be the junior class advisor. She is a graduate of Rut- gers University with a bachelor's degree in English and a master's degree in education. Timothy "T.J." Dukes is a graduate of Sussex Tech who returns to teach the new HVAC technology classes. He obtained his master's degree in education from Wilmington University and has been teaching HVAC in Somerset County, Md. schools. Michael Fay comes to Sussex Tech to teach social studies. He earned his bachelor's degree from Kent State University and his educational certificate from Cedar Creek College in Allen- town, Pa. Hong Xuan (Jenny) Fu comes to Sussex Tech to teach Chinese as part of the Chinese Guest Teacher Program, a collabora- tion of the College Board and China's Confucius Institute Headquarters/Hanban. The program places visiting teach- ers from China in U.S. schools for one to three years in order to jump-start or expand school Chinese language and culture programs. Matt Holmes is joining the physical education and health department after previously be- ing the media assistant and ISS moderator at Sussex Tech. He re- ceived his bachelor's degree from Newberry College in South Car- SUBMITTED PHOTO NEW STAFF AT SUSSEX TECH ARE in back (I-r) Michael Fay, social studies; Matt Holmes, physical education and health; Steven Rust, criminal justice; T.J. Dukes, HVAC; George Smith, shared approach; Carle Ax, mathematics; Mi- chael Parillo, English; Adam McGuire, mathematics; Dr. John Sell, assistant principal. In front are Hong Xuan (Jenny) Fu, Chinese; Laura Cable, English; Sherri Smith, student activities coordinator; Tim Lee, driver's education; Benjamin Ketz, science; Stephanie Pegelow, English; Sarah Sacksteder, social studies; and H.J. Bunting, automotive. olina and his master's degree in curriculum and instruction from Salisbury University. Holmes will also be helping to coach football, track, and strength and conditioning. Benjamin Ketz will be teaching science. He previously taught science at Hope International School in Beijing, China. Ketz received his bachelor's degree from Penn State University and his master's degree in chemistry from Stanford University. Tim Lee has 24 years of ex- perience in various areas of the educational profession. He will be teaching driver education at Sussex Tech. Lee has a bachelor's degree in history and a master's degree in school leadership and administration. Adam McGuire comes to Sus- sex Tech to teach mathematics. He earned his bachelor's degree from Wesley College and his master's degree in teaching from the University of Delaware. Stephanie Pegelow has three years of teaching experience to bring to Sussex Tech as a Continued on page 22