Chorus Graduates 28 Seniors
completed its final show, Treble in a Bank, Saturday evening. This year
chorus will graduate 28 seniors, some four-year veterans and some
Senior Patrick Nshizirungu, a first-year student, sang in his third and final chorus concert at Riverside.
“The show went well because everyone worked hard. I had to practice the songs and choreography a lot,” Nshizirungu said.
Nshizirungu says he’ll miss chorus and wishes he would’ve taken it all four years instead of just his senior.
“[Chorus] is fun. The music is good, I loved the teacher, and I liked singing with other students,” Nshizirungu said.
Senior Jessica Kemp, a four-year chorus student, agrees that chorus teacher, Jill Boliek, helped fuel her love of chorus.
“She’s always there for her students and is like another mom to all of us,” Kemp said. “She gives so much of her time and energy into the chorus program. My high school experience wouldn’t have been the same without her.”
After several years in chorus, Kemp’s time is coming to an end.
“I’m ready to graduate, but in college they don’t have stuff like this. I’ll never be singing on that stage again. It’s really sad,” Kemp said.
For senior Josh Allman, however, chorus will not come to an end after graduation. Allman plans to major in Choral Education at Appalachian State University.
“I want to be able to give to other people what chorus has given to me,” Allman said.
While reflecting on his four years as a chorus student, Allman remembers the advanced chorus’ concert tour in Germany and the Czech Republic last year as a highlight.
“I loved experiencing a new culture. It was incredible,” Allman says.
Out of the 28 graduating chorus seniors, 19 have been in Mrs.Boliek’s class every semester, all four years of high school.
“This is a really special group, they really keep everyone together. I put [the seniors] in charge of a lot of things because they know what to do,” Boliek said.
Chorus usually graduates a class of 20 to 30 students, but with 28 graduates, this year it is one of the biggest graduating classes ever.
“There’s a lot of positive role models in the senior class,” Boliek said. “They’re leaving behind a very good legacy.”
By Kira Speer