Senior Senior Prom scores again at Glenelg High

Neighbors

April 29, 1999|By Diane B. Mikulis | Diane B. Mikulis,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THE MUSIC spanned the 1940s through the 1990s. And the people spanned several decades, too.

Seniors from Glenelg High School and senior citizens from western Howard County came together April 17 at the fifth Senior Senior Prom at Glenelg High School.

Members of Glenelg's National Honor Society sponsored the event.

Kiva Feldman, the organization's president, planned the evening with the society's three other officers: Blair Heinke, vice president; Katy Vance, secretary; and Gia Palacorolla, treasurer.

All are in their senior years at Glenelg.

Kiva said the group chose a spring theme and decorated the cafeteria in bright spring colors. Each of the 60 students who attended brought a dessert to share. Drinks were provided by the National Honor Society.

At first, according to Kiva, not much mixing occurred between the groups. But that changed.

"By the end of the evening," Kiva said, "everybody was dancing together -- with some cajoling from the deejay."

Kate Reinke, mother of a former student, and her friend, Ellen Kilby, served as disc jockeys and entertained the group with dance music.

Reinke and her daughter, Emily, conceived the idea for the Senior Senior Prom four years ago. Emily was then Glenelg National Honor Society president.

In June, Emily is to graduate from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her mother continues to provide music for the prom because she enjoys it so much.

Betty Frey, director of Western Howard County Senior Center, worked with the organizing committee and promoted the event to the senior citizens.

Frey said it was an enjoyable evening for all.

"The kids got the seniors up and taught them the old disco dances," she said. "And one of the senior citizens taught everyone a line dance."

Phil Singleton, National Honor Society adviser and an English teacher at the school, gave the students much of the credit for the success of the event.

"They did all the planning," he said. "Things went very well, and everyone had a good time."

Musicians succeed

It's been a great month for the Glenelg High School music department.

More than 300 talented students received recognition recently for their efforts.

This month, the choral and strings departments participated in a national adjudication sponsored by the organization Music Festivals on board a Norwegian Cruise Lines ship bound for the Bahamas.

An adjudication is an evaluation; the groups were rated according to predetermined criteria rather than competing directly against each other.

The Glenelg groups returned home with 10 awards.

The Glenelg Orchestra, Concert Choir, Men's Choir, Women's Choir and Madrigal Singers earned superior ratings when judged according to national standards. Superior means they received scores of at least 90 out of a possible 100.

The tenor section of the Men's Choir earned the Outstanding Section Award, and the Madrigal Singers earned the Outstanding Choral Group Award.

Three individual students also received awards. Sophomore Kate VanAkin won the Outstanding Accompanist Award.

Senior Aaron McWethy earned the Outstanding Soloist Award.

And senior Brian Rice earned the Overall Outstanding Musician Award.

Nancy Buckel, director of the choral department, explained that this was the first time the students participated in an adjudication. She expected them to score pretty well.

"The Madrigal Singers received a perfect score from one judge and 99.5 from the other -- that was a surprise," Buckel said.

The orchestra is under the direction of Kevin George.

Last weekend, several other groups from the music department competed in the Orlando Festival of Music held at Universal Studios Florida.

Twenty-one high schools from 11 states took part in the competition.

Glenelg's Concert Band, Jazz Band and Marching Unit took first place in their divisions with superior ratings, and each band was named Grand Champion of all divisions for its category.

Barry Enzman, director of the three bands, said the divisions are based on school populations. Smaller schools, which Glenelg is considered to be, are grouped together.

"Other divisions had schools with 3,000 to 4,000 students, so their talent pool is obviously larger," Enzman said. "If people hadn't heard of Glenelg before, they certainly have now."

Enzman said the competition was a great experience, but the best part for him is the process.

"I love taking the kids from point A to point B," he said. "You always strive for that perfect performance -- which is impossible to achieve -- but along the way some pretty amazing things happen, like these performances."

The Glenelg Drill Team and "Silks," sometimes called "flags," also competed in Orlando.

The Silks, under the direction of Diane Bissell, took first place with a superior rating in its division.

The Drill Team won first place with a superior rating for its division and was declared Grand Champion for all divisions.

Terry Newsome is the director.

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