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TPAC Honors "Crazy for You"

The cast and crew of "Crazy for You" took home four Spotlight Awards for the 2022 high school musical production. They received awards for "Outstanding Musical," "Outstanding Choreography," "Outstanding Set Design," and "Outstanding Technical Execution."

Presented by Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) in partnership with Lipscomb University's College of Entertainment and the Arts, Spotlight Awards honor the talents and productions of high school theatre students in East and Middle Tennessee. TPAC recognizes students in a variety of categories including vocals, dance, design, direction, and technical theatre, as well as an All-Star cast with students nominated from each school.

Each May, participating students are invited to Lipscomb University in Nashville for a day of workshops taught by industry professionals and an awards ceremony where the top 10 contenders for "Outstanding Musical" perform songs from their productions.

For more about theatre at CCS, visit ccsk12.com/arts.

Ensemble to Sing at Carnegie Hall

The High School Choral Ensemble has been invited to sing at Carnegie Hall in New York City as part of the Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY). They will perform “Glimpses of the Sacred Veil: The Music of Eric Whitacre,” alongside accompanist Kelly Yu-Chieh and cellist Jake Charkey. Eric Whitacre is a Grammy Award-winning composer and conductor best known for his choral music. “The Sacred Veil” is a 12-movement work by Whitacre in collaboration with poet/lyricist Charles Anthony Silvestri and tells a story of life, love and loss.

Ms. Tahere began working with DCINY during the 2020-2021 school year to find a performance opportunity for the 23-member group. She put together an audition packet of recordings and received confirmation this winter that the ensemble had been chosen for this performance.

“Being selected to collaborate with Eric Whitacre at Carnegie Hall is such a high accomplishment but a fitting one for these students,” Upper School Choral Director Christa Tahere said. “In addition to being talented, they are willing to put in the very intense work of learning Whitacre’s innovative and demanding music. The bar is high, but the impact of this event will no doubt shape their understanding of how exquisite music can answer the soul’s need for truth and beauty.”

According to their website, “Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) is the leading producer of dynamically charged musical excellence. With its unforgettable concert experiences in renowned venues, empowering educational programs, and its global community of artists and audiences, DCINY changes lives through the power of performance.”

The performance will be held on May 31, 2022 at 7PM on the Perelman Stage in the Stern Auditorium. To purchase tickets, visit carnegiehall.org.

Senior Athletes Sign Offers

On May 3, four CCS seniors signed their official offers to take their athletic careers to the next level. Three soccer players will continue to play the beautiful game: Nathan Peace at Johnson University, Nicko Bellot at Tennessee Wesleyan, and Cameron Heilig at Covenant College. Cole Micho will continue his promising track & field career at Bryan College. Congratulations to these student-athletes! We are so proud of you! 

CCS Students Win YSSW Writing Awards

Six CCS students were honored by the Southern Lit Alliance and the Department of English at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga as winners in their Young Southern Student Writers (YSSW) contest. Alice Eaker (7th), Kyla Kruchinski (7th), Ella Theobold (9th), Shepard Slaten (5th), and Graham Tomas (5th) were recognized for prose. Isabel Mullins (8th) was recognized for poetry. You can view a digital copy of the winning submissions for Grades K-5 and Grades 6-12 on the Southern Lit Alliance’s website.

In partnership with the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, the Southern Lit Alliance’s YSSW literary outreach program rewards and encourages writing and reading skills. The YSSW contest is open to all Hamilton County public, private, and homeschool students in grades K-12. Working through language arts and creative writing teachers, students submit original works of prose or poetry, which are evaluated on creativity, content, and style. All entries are read and judged by the English faculty at UTC. Winners are honored through a Distinction of Merit award ceremony each April, where they receive public recognition and a commemorative medal.

CCS Opens Second Micro School

This August, CCS will launch a second micro school called The Glenwood School (TGS), which will be housed on the campus of New City Fellowship at 2424 East 3rd Street in Chattanooga. The school is currently accepting applications for K and 1st grade and will host an open house for prospective families on May 7 from 10 AM to 2 PM at New City Fellowship.

The Glenwood School will be modeled after The King School (TKS), the first micro school that CCS began in August 2019. Now in its third year, TKS has 47 students in grades K through 3 with plans to add a 4th grade class this fall. TKS Principal Nicha Jean will oversee TGS as well as TKS.

Micro schools are small K-5 schools with one class per grade and 12 students per class. They meet at local churches who offer their facilities to house the schools while CCS provides the educational infrastructure. The micro schools offer financial assistance and other resources for families. While the micro schools operate separately from CCS, they remain connected by a shared mission—to increase the number of Christian school seats and meet the educational needs of Chattanooga.

Interested families can find more information at TheGlenwoodSchool.com.