Music teacher says goodbye with last production

Music teacher says goodbye with last production by Bethany Parvin Sharyn Ostrem, Wakonda's high school band and chorus teacher, has directed her last production at WHS. After four years of shaping and exposing young talented students, Ostrem is stepping down to further pursue her ministry.

The third annual talent show, Galaxy of Stars, was a wonderful way to go out. Ostrem left singing a song she had written herself.

The May 7 production featured funny skits and voices that dazzled the audience. Seventh-graders Katie Sokolowski and Patrick Morrison opened the show with a cute dance to introduce themselves as host and hostess of the gala.

The WHS B-Jazz band played a couple of melodies, Come out Swingin' and Blue Skies.

Eighth-graders Jeanne Renaudin and Brittany Rederick took the stage together and sang Strawberry Wine by Deana Carter and Valentine by Martina McBride. A classmate of theirs, Andrew Jensen, gave his hilarious interpretation of his declam piece, Piggy Pie by Margie Palatini.

Junior high boy and girl singers sang It's My Life by Bon Jovi, and American Pie by Don McLean. Trevor "Animal" Bryson showed the crowd his stuff by playing the drums. Sarah Gross sang Wind Beneath My Wings by Bette Midler.

Intermission found root beer floats for everyone. After refreshments, Courtney Nelson sang All You Wanted by Michelle Branch. Jessica Peterson and Lindsay Nelson were next with the hit song by Leann Rimes, Can't Fight The Moon Light.

Adrianne Logue sang Lee Greenwood's, God Bless the U.S.A., while Andrew Peterson sang a song from Ostrem's debut album, Faith Step. Kayla Nielsen sang If My Heart Had Wings by Faith Hill and Born to Fly by Sarah Evans.

Patrick Morrison, Katie Sokolowski, Jeanne Renaudin, and Kyle Stockland acted out the roles in the skit class Dinner Party. Last year's graduate, Debbie Book sang a special song just for Katie and Patrick. To finish the talent show, the A-Jazz Band played their jazz hits, Perdido, Carli and Unexpected with solo parts by Jessica Peterson, Joseph Barnett, and Alex Nielsen.

A highlight of the talent show was Ostrem singing a song from her new album.

The students thank Mrs. "O" for everything that she has done for them.

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