I am continually impressed and amazed with our students. Over 60 of our students had three performances of Alice in Wonderland, The Musical at the Rose Theater and were absolutely amazing. They displayed such talent, enthusiasm, and passion for the performing arts. Each of their personalities was captured in the character they portrayed, whether it was a major part or a minor part in the musical. What struck me the most was the commitment they had to each other and the sense of pride in their community. During the last performance, the actors thanked all those who helped- Mr. Tim Nelson (APA Director), Taylor and Rylie Herbel (Directors and Choreographers), Mrs. Julie Ransom (Producer), Mrs. Melanie Kos (Faculty Advisor), and production assistants from Huntington Beach High School’s APA program. Sowers Viking pride dominated the stage as many of our Sowers Alumni were giving back as production assistants, coaches, make up crew, backstage crew, etc.
Sowers Viking pride was also evident when our math teachers visited the math classrooms at Edison High School last Thursday. We have had regular articulation with the high school to ensure that we prepare our students for high school and beyond. However, on Thursday, our math teachers were like celebrities descending upon the high school. Sowers Alumni were giving high fives, hugs, and appreciation mobbed them as they walked in classes and in the hallways during break. There was a great sense of pride. More importantly, we witnessed the alignment of our instructional practices and rigor to the high school.