|February 26, 2014|
Eric Spivey and Lakyn Jolly: Homecoming Royalty
by Ross Haney
This past week, the Nicholas County High School seniors nominated eight of their classmates as candidates for homecoming king and queen, and the other classes selected two students to represent them on the homecoming court. The Nicholas County High School student population voted Eric Spivey and Lakyn Jolly as homecoming king and queen.
Eric Spivey is the eighteen year old son of Anita Spivey, and is an active participant in the NCHS Concert Band, Marching Band, Pep Band, and Percussion Ensemble. Lakyn Jolly is the seventeen year old daughter of Jeff and Brandy Jolly, and Tamila and Tracy Humphries. Lakyn is a member of the varsity girls basketball team, and participates in many other school activities.
Both seniors were surprised to be selected as homecoming royalty.
“I never expected to win,” said homecoming king, Eric Spivey. “It was really awesome. I’m glad that Lakyn and I won together because we are good friends.”
“I was completely surprised,” said Lakyn Jolly, who was voted homecoming queen. “But it was a really wonderful moment. It felt so great to know so many people supported me.”
The homecoming court was as follows:
Class of 2017: Dalton Blankenship and Cassidy Wells
Class of 2016: JP Wagoner and Shelby Watkins
Class of 2015: Tyler Bromagen and Katie Stamper
Class of 2014 and King and Queen Candidates: Logan Fryman and Lea Buchel, Scott Keaton and Morgan Hamilton, Eric Spivey and Lakyn Jolly, and Jacob Wiggins and Whitney Willoughby
Last year’s homecoming couple, Austin Allison and Reesa Martin were in attendance to crown Eric and Lakyn. Once again, the crowns and sashes have been passed down to two excellent NCHS students.
NCHS instrumentalists participate in EKU Honors Bands
Seven students from the Nicholas County High School Band left for Eastern Kentucky University on Thursday, Feb. 20 to participate in the Eastern Kentucky University Honor Band program. With around 300 students in attendance, the program offered our students a chance to perform in one of three extremely large ensembles, an opportunity they are usually not given at our small school. Our students placed well, and represented the NCHS Music Department well on the regional level.
On Thursday night, the students auditioned for their placements with the EKU Music Department faculty. Some were pleased with their performance, while some felt a little uneasy. Regardless, the courage they displayed in even auditioning was remarkable.
On Friday, the instrumentalists received their placements, and rehearsed three times that day, for two to three hours at time with breaks for lunch and dinner between. This is a challenge for most high school instrumentalists, as they would normally only play in an ensemble at their school for about an hour a day.
On Saturday, after rehearsals in the morning and afternoon, the students performed at the new EKU Center for the Arts, an excellent facility and concert hall with phenomenal acoustics and great feel as a performer. This was the highlight of the clinic for most of the students.
Dallas Hunt (Euphonium), Samie Payne (Trumpet), Kelsey Gillispie (Clarinet), and Dalton Blankenship (Percussion) were in the White Band, under the direction of Mr. Robert (Dee) Bishop. The selections they played included: “La Madre de los Gatos” by Brain Beck, Brant Karrick’s “The Old Red Mill,” “As Tears Fall on Dawn’s New Light” by Richard Saucedo, and VanderCook’s “Cincinnatus March.” These students performed on an excellent level, and were a great opening to that night’s program.
In the Maroon Band, Kacie Tincher (Clarinet) and Caleb Lewis (Trumpet) were under the direction of Mr. Dave Webber, and were the second to perform on the concert. Their music selections included John Fannin’s “Badge of Courage,” “An American Spiritual” by David Holsinger, a band arrangement of Michael Buble’s “Haven’t Met You Yet,” and Pierre La Plante’s “American River Songs.” Our two students in the Maroon Band performed to a phenomenal level.
Ross Haney (Tuba) was selected into the Honors Wind Symphony, under the direction of Iowa composer Dr. Andrew Boysen, Jr. The pieces this band performed were Joio’s “Satiric Dances,” “Sweet Like That” by Christopher Theofanidis, “Song for My Children” by Andrew Boysen Jr., and Daniel Bukvich’s “Buffalo Jump Ritual.” The band performed to an outstanding level.
These NCHS students worked hard to prepare for this honor band weekend, and should be congratulated on their hard work as musicians. In the future, the band program hopes to see more students participate in honor band clinics and grow as musicians.
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