What’s Right With Our Schools: Ringgold High Performing Arts
Ringgold, Georgia (WDEF) – It was a dazzling year for Performing Arts at Ringgold High School.From scholarships, to state honors to a very famous visitor, they pull back the curtain on What’s Right With Our Schools.
Jane’ Ellis is the Musical Theater and Choir Director at Ringgold High.
She explains,”The students received 12 Shuler nominations, got the chance to perform on that beautiful Cobb Energy Center stage. They did a spectacular job with the other theater students from our amazing state of Georgia, just showcasing the hard work of students and their teachers in our state; doing musical theater. It was really special to share in that night. We started the year off with a one-act play. We had a region championship, a state runner-up. Then we’ve had literary state championships, students with scholarships and accolades abounding. But, maybe the most special thing we had was, our benefit show.”
Eli Talley is a recent graduate of Ringgold High.
He says, “We put on a fundraiser show for uh the benefit of children and families in Ukraine, and we would always talk you know. This is a, this show was a dream for us so we would always talk, ‘Oh what if the real guy that the show was based off of, would show up. That would be so cool wouldn’t it.’ We got done with the battles for the show. They brought the check out of how much money we raised, and then to our surprise, here, here comes the real Frank Abagnale. The guy that really did all this.”
Jane’ concludes, “And when we had Frank Abagnale to come be at that show, a sold out 900 seat auditorium, all the people there to help the people of the Ukraine. It was just truly special truly magical. We’re just so thankful for the support of our community. We’re thankful to the parents from those moms who helped feed us before the show, to the most amazing bus driver who takes us everywhere, and our school board and the teachers. Really the community involvement in our program has been such a blessing to each one of us who is a part of it.”