Fine Arts

By Bethany Patterson and Sierra McLaughlin.

Several students in Mr. Demark’s art class recently participated in the Scholastic Art & Writing competition.

Hunter Taylor, Tara Hutchinson, and Kathleen Florimbio all received honorable mentions for their photography, while Aaron Whitehead received an honorable mention for his drawings. Senior Kayla Beauregard won a silver key for her portfolio of digital art and junior Heidi Failmezger received top honors for her work as well. She won a gold key for her ceramic piece and two silver keys for her two-dimensional art pieces.

On February 7th and 8th, 300 high school students attended the county-wide district chorus competition. Woodgrove was represented by 49 students, the most from any high school in the county. This group was chosen as a result of blind auditions held at Loudoun County High School.

Several students auditioned for states. Darby Clinard, Christine Stewart, Elizabeth Roden, Jineane Hallaj all made it, with Sam Van Vleet, Scott Clark, Julia Faber as alternates. They will be performing April 24-26.

The drama department performed the play “The Tale of Nine Princesses” last month. The play, which involved between fifty and sixty Woodgrove students, premiered on February 27th, with several shows that weekend.

“The cast is made up of some of Woodgrove’s best students,” said senior and director Mikey Erb. “As actors and as people, they excel.”

The drama department is also preparing for another play, the musical “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.” The play will be premiering in early May.

Four band students played in the All District concert on Saturday February 1 at John Champe High School, including Jocelyn Huang on flute, Hannah Chambliss on French horn, Aeden Pettit on bassoon, and Luke Vacca on trombone.

Both Pettit and Vacca qualified for the States audition, which was held on February 22 at James Madison University. The All Virginia State Band concert will be held April 5, at Virginia Tech University.

Woodgrove will also hold the District Jazz Band Concert and Festival on Saturday, March 22. The festival starts on Friday and ends Saturday evening with a performance by the All District Jazz Band.

“Woodgrove will have several concerts in the spring and they are all wonderful. We would like to encourage everyone to come,” Strickler said.

Pep Band
Woodgrove’s pep band is unlike any other. In fact, Woodgrove is the only school in the entire county that has one.

The pep band plays at home games to support the varsity basketball teams. Instead of marching through the stadium or gym, like the marching band, they just play music in the stands. They play short, upbeat songs to hype up the crowd and players, as well as play during half time.

“It’s a lot of fun,” said junior and trombone player Will Jones. “It’s really relaxed compared to marching band, but you still get to go to the games, cheer on the team, and play music.”