College Park Community Newspaper : CPCN 020117
20 School News FEBRUARY 2017 COLLEGEPARKPAPER.COM ORLANDO JUNIOR ACADEMY OJA gives thanks And the music plays on OJA spelling bee reveals top speller With the blowing of the conch shell, the audience grew quiet, and the Orlando Junior Academy pre-K through fifth-grade Fall Musical got underway. Under the direction of Russ Durham, the pre-K through second-grade choir performed a rhythm read- ing and a solfège demonstration to “Twinkle, Twinkle” and “Come Thou Font of Every Blessing.” This choir concluded by singing “Prayer of the Norwegian Child” in two-part harmony. In honor of Pilgrims and Native Americans, the fourth-graders entertained on their recorders with two American Indian tunes, “ Tribal Dance” and “Flower Song.” The musical program brought a special Thanksgiving blessing as the third- through fifth-grade chorus beautifully sang G.F. Handel’s “Thanks Be to Thee” in four parts, with a solo by fourth-grade teacher Diane Ellington. The highlight of the evening was the chorus singing Johann Pachelbel’s “On God, and Not on Human Trust” in four-part baroque motet. The choir also performs these pieces at Kress Memorial and Florida Hospital churches. Rejoicing over the Christmas season, fifth through eighth grades performed “Light Up OJA” with the Drum Corps making its debut. Beginner and advanced band players, hand bells and a piano solo also cheered the audience. It was a fun evening under the direction of Music Director Russ Durham, with thanks also to Albert Acosta for directing the hand bells. The well- practiced students gave an excellent performance. Finally, OJA third- through eighth- grade choirs sang the National Anthem at the January 4 Orlando Magic Game! Thank you, OJA families, for supporting this com- munity event and our Orlando team. Friday, January 6, 2017, the Seventh Annual Orlando Junior Academy (OJA) Spelling Bee was held at the Florida Hospital Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) Church. The streets of College Park swarmed with student and teacher “bees” — dressed in black and yellow — walking the few blocks from the school to the church that morning. The top three spellers from each lower grade participated in the lower-grade spelling bee. Hardly anyone missed a turn until the words reached third- and fourth-grade levels. After approxi- mately 45 minutes, three students continued spelling sixth-grade words. Second-grader S. Fuscien claimed the $75 first-place prize by spelling precursor on round 25. Second-grader A. McKie and third-grader I. Hartage placed second and third, respectively. The top three spellers from each of the fourth through eighth grades competed in the upper-grade bee. After approxi- mately 30 minutes, three students remained without missing any words — until one round when all contestants missed their assigned words, stunning participants and audience. A few rounds later, eighth-grader A. Andino (last year’s second-place winner) won the $100 first-place prize. Seventh- grader E. Tran (a four-time finalist) placed second, and E. Moise, also a seventh-grader, placed third. Andino will represent OJA at the 58th Annual Orlando Sentinel District Spelling Bee in March; the winner will con- tinue to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. 407.999.7636 SodoHomeDesign.com US Design Source, Inc. Cabinets, Granite, Quartz, Flooring and Full Service Remodeling CBC 1256431 Licensed & Insured The Solution to Inspire & Revitalize Your Home 440 W. Grant St. Orlando 32806 Just South of Downtown Design Center 9-5 M-F | 10-4 Sat 1127 Edgewater Drive | Orlando FL 32804 Toll Free: (888) 887-8387 | Local: (407) 872-3888 Our Plans Create Confidence. www.vaughnwealth.com Securities and advisory services offered through Commonwealth Financial Network, Member FINRA/SIPC, a Registered Investment Adviser.