Rising to Great Heights!
South Topsail Elementary recently purchased Five Wenger Tourmaster choral risers to enhance student performances. The five sections, each three levels high and six feet in length, were delivered Thursday, November 8, 2012.
“The scale of support we received from the community made the purchase possible.” said STE music teacher, Noah Melton. In addition to the STE PTA and individual donors, STE is thankful to the Hampstead Women’s, Kiwanis, and Lions Clubs for the ongoing support they extend to Pender County Schools.
The choral risers are guaranteed to increase audience to student visibility and captivate the attention of parents at upcoming holiday concerts. First grade parent Michelle Sabella commented “The risers are an added benefit to an already wonderful music program. Parents can rejoice because they will be able to capture pictures of their child in action more conveniently. Most importantly, parents can rest assure students will be performing on safe, reliable equipment.”
STE would like to announce grades K, 1, and 2 will present a concert on Tuesday, December 11. Grades 3, 4, and 5 will present their concert on Thursday, December 13. Both concerts begin at 6:30 pm in the STE gymnasium. During the holiday season, STES partners with the CHAPS program, sponsored by the Christian Community Caring Center and American Legion, to help families in need living within the Topsail township. Attendees are asked to bring a 15-ounce or larger non-perishable food item to the performances to donate.
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5th Grade STE Student to Perform in NC Elementary Honors Chorus!
Fifth grade STE student to perform in 2012 NC Elementary Honors Chorus
Fifth grade STE student Brooke Batts recently joined 196 other
students across the state to be accepted into the 2012 NC Elementary
Honors Chorus. Acceptance into the Chorus is a highly distinguished
honor given to elementary students who demonstrate quality
musicianship. 611 fourth and fifth grade students participated in the
auditions. Auditions were recorded, mailed in, and graded by
adjudicators within five categories: Tone Quality, Pitch Accuracy,
Rhythmic Accuracy, Diction, and Interpretation. Given the high
interest and competitiveness of the event, Brooke’s family and school
are most proud of her accomplishment!
STE Music Teacher, Noah Melton, described the excitement of her
victory. “Brooke has an effervescent personality and positive
attitude, which enables her to reach her musical aspirations. She
auditioned for the choir last year, but missed the cut by one point.
Scoring 19 out of 25 points, although disappointed, she realized she
was inches away from the threshold of greater opportunity and became
more determined to push towards that goal this year. Embracing the
reality of failure, her maturity, confidence, and perseverance granted
her the satisfaction of hard work paid off!”
Brooke’s reaction to the news was overwhelmingly joyous! “When I
found out, I was so happy I didn’t know what to do! It’s going to be
an amazing opportunity to show what I really can do!” said Brooke.
She is a remarkable young lady and believes “Music allows you to let
go of your emotions and do what you love to do.”
The Honors Chorus is scheduled to perform at the NC Music Educators
Association annual Conference in Winston-Salem November 11, 2012.
This year’s guest clinician will be Dr. Angela Broeker, Director of
Choral Activities at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul,