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New school choir at Hickory Flat

Reported by: Robert Byers
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Updated: 9/16/2013 7:39 am
HICKORY FLAT, Miss. (WTVA) - There is a new Hickory Flat Attendance Center choir.

It's a group of 9th through 12th grade students who has been working on performances in an effort to expand the school's music program.

Principal Barry Goolsby said, "Music is a big tradition in our community, and we have a lot of talented voices here. We offer chorus this year, and we've had a lot of great participation."

Students say it's an exciting opportunity to be a part of the school's new choir.

Senior Lakesha Mayfield said, "The teacher Ms. Baker knew that I knew how to sing. She knew I'd like it, so I just decided to join."

Senior Trey Reed said, "You've been sitting in the classroom all day and are sitting still doing your work. Then you come here and it's not paper and pencil."

The students are not only learning about what it takes to be in a choir but are also helping other students at the school.

The students created their own rap song for themselves and others at the school.

Goolsby said, "One of the teaching methods we use is the 'Twelve Power Words.'  They are verbs found in state test questions that give directions on how the kids should answer the questions. Our great choir has developed a rap song they've been sharing with the elementary students regarding the power words."

Senior James Baker said, "We just started with the words and then started adding on. We finally got the chorus going. Other people then came up with the add-ons and stuff."

Both students and educators say it's a fun way for this new choir to learn music and also share some important words needed to succeed in the classroom.

There are hopes by the choir members that after some more practice they can soon compete in area high school competitions.
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