On April 26 students from Saint Leo the Great School showed off their talents at the school’s first-ever Visual and Performing Arts Showcase (VAPA). The evening consisted of the students’ visual art being displayed, as well as, a Talent Show and Spring Concert. The choir, student council, and Preschool through eighth graders presented their performing art talents to the attendees.
Mrs. Ewell, the Performing Arts teacher said, “since this has been my first year of teaching music, I have really come to understand how much work goes on behind the scenes to put on such an event. Watching all of the students, teachers, and parents working so hard to make this concert so spectacular was truly inspiring and humbling. The Saint Leo’s community is incredible and I am so blessed to be a part of it.”
One student whose hard work contributed to a spectacular show was Zachary in Kindergarten. When asked about his piano performance playing “Ode to Joy” by Beethoven, Zachary said, “I’ve been practicing for 6 years. I wasn’t nervous at all, and I was proud of myself. My grandmother was there to cheer me on. Plus, my classmates told me I did a great job.”
Mrs. Carrie Criss-Harvey, Visual Arts teacher, explained that she “has the best job in the world.” She is so proud of the Saint Leo the Great artists as “they realize their creative potential. This one day of the year, the VAPA Showcase, is so special because the students are delighted to unveil their artwork. This enthusiasm speaks volumes about their hard work. The evening also allows the parents and students to get a glimpse of artwork that will be done when they progress through the grade levels! With almost 400 projects on display, the room was filled with vibrant images and colorful works. I enjoyed hearing attendees look at the world with awe and comment on the talent and dedication of the students.”