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To the editor,

I am writing to respond to yesterday’s letter to the editor, “Parent: High-schoolers deserve vocal program,” and address one of our parent’s concerns. Ms. Riggs expressed her disappointment in the lack of opportunities at the high school for students to participate in the arts and specifically, the chorus program at the high school.

She is correct in saying that the Scotland Singers choral program has not been as active as they have been in the past. There has been a substitute teacher in that classroom this year and although she has done a commendable job, she was not equipped to coordinate some of the fall competitions and performances that the group normally participates in. However, we have been interviewing for a permanent teacher and will be hiring someone very soon. We all can look forward to a more active spring semester for the Scotland Singers, but in the meantime, please join them for their performance in the “Christmas at the Library” program at the Scotland County Library on Dec. 18 at 11 a.m.

In addition to the Scotland Singers, the high school also offers students the opportunity to participate in our Imani Gospel Choir. Under the direction of Ms. Hazel Boatwright, the Imani Gospel Choir rehearses every week and performs regularly in our community. We also have many students who choose to take art and graphic art courses and we proudly display their artwork around campus as well as in the community.

For those students that are musically inclined, they have the opportunity to take band classes and participate in the concert band, our award-winning marching band, or both. We also have many students that are involved in our theatre department. Coincidentally, those students will present their production of the play, “The Straight Skinny,” on Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium at Scotland High School.

As you can see, we have a very active and successful arts program at Scotland High School. We are fortunate to have many talented students and staff. Please join us for any and all of our upcoming performances and as always, Go Scots!

Greg Batten

Principal, Scotland High School

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