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Posted: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 1:45 pm

Smoky Mountain High School’s 48-member Advanced Show Choir will perform a song-and-dance routine Monday, March 25, during a statewide conference in Greensboro.

The SMHS students will be featured during the opening ceremony of this year’s state Department of Public Instruction’s Collaborative Conference for Student Achievement. The event will take place in the Koury Convention Center’s Guilford Ballroom at 5:20 p.m.

Under the direction of Linda Haggard and Western Carolina University student teacher Steve Henson, the Show Choir will be accompanied by Bryan Heller on piano and student band members Logan Gentry, Jake Walker, Chris Benavides and J.D. Canaday. Charae Stephens and Joe Callahan choreographed the routine.

According to Haggard, the students will “light up the Koury stage” with a routine that includes favorites such as “Joy to the World,” “September,” “Edge of Glory,” “Man in the Mirror,” “True Light” and “You Can’t Stop the Beat” from “Hairspray.”

The SMHS group is one of two choirs from the entire state chosen to perform at the event. The school applied in December for the honor and was selected based on a video of the Show Choir’s award-winning performance last spring at Festival Disney in Orlando, Fla. Haggard learned several weeks ago that the SMHS Show Choir had been chosen for one of the two spots from among the more than 300 high schools who applied to perform at the student-centered conference. The other selected high school will perform during the CCSA’s closing ceremony.

After reviewing all of the videotapes that were sent in, Cleon Felton, co-chairman of the Conference, told Haggard they “loved Smoky Mountain’s choir the best because the students really did a great job of entertaining through their music and dance.”

SMHS Principal Jake Buchanan and Jackson County Schools Superintendent Mike Murray will be among those attending the conference with the Show Choir.

“I am so proud of these students. They continue to work hard and represent themselves and our school and community in a positive way. It is great for them and our community to receive this honor and opportunity,” Haggard said, adding that she and the students appreciate the support they receive from SMHS administration, county administration, and family members and friends.

Members of the Advanced Show Choir class include Bret Baldwin, Clay Ballew, Jackie Balliot, Tanner Beckett, Maryssa Belcher, Chris Benavides, Sanders Berry, Joe Bombay, Autumn Bryson, Kevin Bryson, Zack Bryson, J.D. Canaday, Anna Beth Carter, Zechariah Carter, John Cooper, Kate Cooper, Jordan Couch, Maggie DeWeese, Ally Dills, Katie Fortner, Logan Gentry, Morgan Hawkins, Hayden Hodgin, Elinor Howard, Kaitlyn Karcher, Cassie Kuehn, Adam Larcher, Sarah Lilly, Laura Lindsay, Stephanie Londo, Galen Martin, Helen Miller, Brittany Moore, Erik Myers, Rachel Nixon, Ben Ogletree, Aldo Ornelas, Eli Schilbrack-Cole, Abigail Seagle, Laura Selby, Sierra Snyder, Taylor Stack, Skyler Tapley, Allie Todd, Kate Ulrich, Rachel Upchurch, Jake Walker and Trevor Worley.

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