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KMS Takes Culture Fest By Storm

By: Vern Rooze

Date Posted: 1998-12-11

Members from Kadena Middle Schools were invited to participate in the the 4th Annual Okinawa Prefecture Junior High School Culture Festival at the Ginowan Convention Center this past weekend. This two-day festival showcased the musical and artistic talents of local Junior High Schools students. During the festival, KMS students made quite an impression with their local Okinawan counterparts.

During the festivalís opening ceremonies, a buzz tore through the auditorium as the KMS Chorus walked on stage. Everyone wanted to know who the Americans were. The crowd didnít have to wait long to find out. Ms. Rose Young, the Chorus Director expertly led the choir through a selection of four songs: Pei Jes, Carol of the Bells, Kiss the Girl, and So Long, Farewell.

The following is a list of Chorus members. Victoria Allen, Leslie Anderson, Melissa Aquino, Janet Barnes, Alisha Bush, Marvin Cleckley, Traci Cochran, Amanda Creed, Maria Crepeau, Carmen Emborski, Dawn Evans, Colleen Fallon, Jessica Frehauf, Ilana Germaine, Alex Gilbert, Suzane Gonzalez, Audrey Hancock, Christalline Hixon, Taylor Jenkins, Erica Jensen, Ashley Kuntz, Josh Leeper, Christine Luke, Laura Mackenzie, Britni Meisinger, Amber Morgan, Amy Mullen, Ashley Olaes, Jena Organizcak, Jacob Palmer, Jessica Parker, Grant Perigil, Sheena Skelton, Rose Spring, Sheree Strong, Christina Tagalog, Cindy Venus, Jessica Vieitez, Laura Wehunt, SkekeithaiWhitaker, Kim Wilson.

KMS Art students, under the tutelage of Judy Crosby, also showcased their talents in calligraphy, pastels, and pen and ink drawing. Below is a list of KMS artists.

8th Grade Calligraphy: Katherine Betzler, Megan Canon, Jessica Craig, Justin Gibbs, Alicia Guerrero, Michelle Hanft, Megumi Rooze, Kim Saplan, Bianca Tarran.

7th Grade. Oil Pastels: Rosanna Ayala, Juanita Baldomero, R.J. Hamel, Bryan Tipton. Charcoal: Sean Pilot. Pen and Ink: Calvin Render. Colored Pencils: Christi Stroud. Pastels: Venessa Williams.

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