HVA’s ‘The Sound of Music’ April 17-19

These HVA musical theater performers, The Vontrapp Children, rehearse a song Tuesday, April 7, for “The Sound of Music.” Who better than Magen Payne to embody enthusiasm for Hardin Valley Academy music theater class’s upcoming production, “The Sound of Music,” during its 50th anniversary celebration?

“I’ve watched ‘The Sound of Music’ pretty much since I was born. It’s one of my parents’ favorite musicals,” Payne, a senior who plays Maria Rainer, said following a Tuesday, April 7, rehearsal among a cast of 40 — including two Hardin Valley Elementary students.

“I aspire to be Maria every day. She is someone who, even through the tough times, always stays true to who she is. She is very outspoken, very energetic,” she added. “This character is such an embodiment of love and kindness to others, and that’s something I love portraying. I’ve known all the songs.

“When I found out we were doing The Sound of Music I was completely ecstatic.”
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SJNCS girls show history savvy

St. John Neumann Catholic School seventh-graders, from left, Kate Gleason, Olivia Escher, Eleni Christopoulos and Alex Dally won a special award, the Dan and Mary Shannon Award for Outstanding Use of Primary Sources, for their project during an East Tennessee History Day event Friday, March 6. Four girls from St. John Neumann Catholic School joined up to show their history savvy at the East Tennessee History Day and won a special award for their efforts.

“It feels pretty good to know all our work got us [the award],” Eleni Christopoulos, one of the students, said.

During the event Friday, March 6, at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s, Caroline P. Brown Memorial University Center, seventh-graders Alex Dally, Christopoulos, Kate Gleason and Olivia Escher, won the Dan and Mary Shannon Award for Outstanding Use of Primary Sources for their documentary, “Truman’s Leadership and Legacy.”

The girls were four of 33 students from across the state to

win special awards during East Tennessee History Day, Tre Harget, secretary of state for the state of Tennessee, said.
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FPS students showcase their talent, knowledge at enrichment contest

Participants on hand at Farragut Primary School student enrichment contests reception Thursday, March 26, at the school are, from left, were Claire Tootle, Tesseri Mallison, Charlie Robards, Sarah Kate Hastey, Eva Rogers, Sofia Plawchan, Sibley Walker, Tyler Slatas, Abby Kuhn and Liam Saffles. Farragut Primary School students demonstrated their talents and knowledge in this year’s schoolwide student enrichment contests, sponsored by FPS Parent-Teacher Association.

The PTA displayed students’ works from the contests during a reception Thursday night, March 26, in the school cafeteria.

FPS Parent-Teacher Association offers annual schoolwide competition opportunities in citizenship, literature essay, PTA’s Reflections Arts Program and a safety poster, Leigh Anna Colgrove, FPS PTA Contests chairwoman, said.

“This event was the first public art show for many of the children participating,” Colgrove added.
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