Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Gahanna's Got Talent!


Last weekend was our annual Varsity Varieties Show and it was simply amazing to see all the talent on stage and behind the scenes! The Arts, both visual and performing, are a major aspect of GLHS, helping us to create a positive school brand.

I often talk about our school brand with our students because when we think of a particular company or organization, images, experiences, and observations come to mind that help to create one’s brand. The GLHS Brand not only encompasses the arts, but also academics, attendance, a positive attitude, activities, acts of service, and athletics. Each of these components play an important role in helping students have an enjoyable and rich learning experience at GLHS.  Additionally, each is significant in creating opportunities for us to “educate our students today for the challenges and opportunities of tomorrow,” which is our school’s mission statement. 

Varsity Varieties is a way for many talented students to publicly display their passion for the performing arts. It’s a chance for the entire school community and alumni to celebrate GLHS in a very meaningful way. I was thoroughly impressed by the number of diverse acts including solo ballads, heartfelt duets, instrumental performances, hip hop dance routines, comedy, and large choreographed tap dance routines. Furthermore, Varsity Varieties provides a chance for us to get a glimpse of our students’ commitment to social, emotional, and mental development beyond the classroom.

What I most enjoy about the performances is the freedom and joy I see on the students faces. When they are on the stage, they appear to be in their element. They demonstrate a level of confidence that any principal, teacher, or parent should be proud of. Thanks to our entire performing arts department, the stage crew, and student performers for providing three days of quality entertainment! You Make It Matter! Until next time...

Be Great,

Dwight

6 comments:

  1. I agree completely. It is so rewarding to see the level of talent that our children have. I am encouraged at the bravery of the kids as they continue to push themselves to grow as artists and people. I wish all of the students the best of luck in all of their future endeavors!!!

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    1. Kevin,

      Thanks for so much for commenting. I, too, look forward to what it's store for our students!

      Be Great,

      Dwight

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  2. Yes, it is wonderful to see the many talents of our students. On April 26 at 7:00, students will again show their talent with "words" when Writers' Club hosts the Poetry Slam. Don't miss it:)

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    1. Hi Dona,

      I'm looking forward to the Poetry Slam in April! It's wonderful to see how it has grown in popularity over the years. Thank you for your vision to create yet another venue for students to share their passion and talents with an authentic audience!

      Be Great,

      Dwight

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  3. I also loved seeing our students share their amazing talents at Varsity Varieties!! I think we need to remember they are a part of a wonderful tradition at GLHS--showcasing the arts. As we move into the future of 21st century skills, let's remember all the students and staff before us who have given us a marvelous legacy. And, let's keep arts programming high on the list of "must-haves" at GLHS.

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    1. Linda,

      You bring up an excellent point regarding the legacy those before us have left. I also see it as a challenge and opportunity to maintain what makes us GLHS as we make out way through an ever changing landscape in education. The arts are a major part of our foundation!

      Be Great,

      Dwight

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