Jefferson Show Choir Director to Decide FAME Participation, Not Principal

Cedar Rapids Jefferson High School show choir "West Side Delegation" performs during the 2013 Showzam competition at Johnston High School in Johnston, Iowa in January 2013. (COURTESY PHOTO)

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By Jay Knoll

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - The Cedar Rapids School District has issued the following press release regarding the participation of a Jefferson show choir team participating in nationals.

Members of the Jefferson High School Westside Delegation (WSD) show choir may still attend the FAME show choir competition. Superintendent Dr. Dave Benson had directed the issue be reconsidered by the building administration and staff late last week.

On Monday, April 1, Jefferson Head Choir Director Kent Keating and Activities Director Chris Deam met with student members of WSD and shared the following information:

- All expenses for the trip will be covered: FAME will pay for hotel expenses and registration fees; choir boosters and donations will cover busing/transportation costs.

- FAME organizers will schedule the Jefferson performance late enough in the day to allow those students also participating in the national academic decathlon competition to participate.

- Washington High School has graciously offered that prom (April 20) as an alternative date for WSD members who choose to travel to the FAME competition.

Keating and Deam also stressed the importance of honoring each student’s individual decision. Students were able to make an informed decision whether to participate in the FAME event or honor other commitments. Approximately three quarters of the WSD students indicated that they are interested in participating in the FAME competition. Keating will meet and practice with those students next week. The practice session will re-block and assess any other changes needed for participation in the April 26-27 FAME competition.

After that practice session, Keating will make a decision as to whether or not WSD will participate in the FAME competition.

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