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Johnson City Schools students Rejoice in the Arts

Brandon Paykamian • Mar 28, 2019 at 11:49 PM

Johnson City Schools students gathered at The Mall at Johnson City Thursday evening for an annual art show and concert to showcase their musical and artistic talent.

Indian Trail Intermediate School Chorus Director Stephanie McKeehan said the event, titled “Rejoice in the Arts,” was intended to promote the artistic pursuits of students who learn to express themselves through visual and performing arts programs across the district.

“We are here to celebrate our ‘Rejoice in the Arts’ program, where all Johnson City Schools are featuring students singing, performing music or having art exhibits just to celebrate March, which is Music in our Schools Month,” she said.

Baleigh McKeehan, a sixth-grade student from Indian Trail, joined students from her school’s chorus program to perform songs like the Louis Armstrong classic, “What a Wonderful World.”

“I’m excited and ready to sing,” she said before taking the stage with her classmates.

Baleigh takes voice lessons outside of school and auditions for various musical theater events. She said self-expression is one of the things that draws her to the performing arts.

“It’s just something that gives you a chance to feel like you can do anything,” she said.

Students from Indian Trail Intermediate School, Liberty Bell Middle School, Town Acres, Woodland, South Side, Cherokee, Fairmont, Lake Ridge, North Side and Mountain View elementary schools each performed at the event. Artwork and collages from each school were also on display.

Johnson City Schools Director of Instruction and Communication Debra Bentley said the school district has held the event for 20 years. For the past eight years, the mall has partnered with Johnson City Schools to host the event.

“It’s a great venue for our students, and it’s also a great evening to showcase outstanding artists,” she said.

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