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Stephanie Raper
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Visions Completes Competition Season on a High Note


Visions, a very talented group of 63 Grenada High School students, consists of members who sing and dance, members who play numerous instruments, and crew members who do everything in between. This well-known local show choir has been extremely busy recently gearing up for the spring season.

Group shot of several Visions members Many moving parts work together to make a Visions show audience-ready. For instance, equipment is loaded on two trailers, costumes are packed into multiple parent vehicles, and students are piled onto two school buses. If it were not for the amazing parents who build sets, sew costumes, prepare meals, bring water, and even join the band, a show of this caliber would never be possible.

This year Visions experienced growing pains as they moved from the Middle Mixed Division to the Large Mixed Division, which consists of choirs with more than 32 singer/dancers. Over half of the Visions members were new to show choir this year.

Matthew Murphy, former Visions member and current choreographer, said, “We knew that if we wanted to keep climbing the ladder of success that we had to move from the Middle Mixed Division to the Large Mixed Division. While this was taking a big leap of faith, we believed the kids could handle it. They exceeded every expectation that we had formed, and I couldn’t be prouder of what they’ve accomplished.”

Finale with several Visions members
The show choir season began in January and consisted of four competitions. Senior, Jaylon Townsend portrayed the disgruntled bell hop and also served as narrator for “Forever Falling” while senior cast member, Sloane Reid played the up and coming starlet, Caroline Crosson.

Songs included:
• Let’s Raise the Roof – soloist Sloane Reid
• Look Away - soloist Tripp McCrory
• Skyfall - soloists Melissa Sones, Taylor
Garlingrton, Anna Bradlie Blair
• Enter Sandman
• Hotel California – soloist Anna Bradlie Blair
• People are Strange
• Uma Thurmon
• Chandelier – soloist Cheyanne Harmon
• City Escape

“ Choreography for Forever Falling was created by Matthew Murphy and Claire Sanford. The Visions band is under the direction of Tristan Crockett. Even during this period of growth, Visions faired quite well during the competition season. Results of this year’s competitions and awards won are:

Jackson Prep Show Choir Masters
• 3rd place Large Division
• 3rd runner up overall
• Best Choreography

Jackson Academy Show Choir Invitational
• 2nd place Large Division
• 1st runner up Overall
• Best Costumes

Petal Invitational
• 2nd Place Large Division
• 1st runner up overall
• Best Overall Effect

Magnolia Invitational (Oak Grove)
• 1st runner up overall
• Cheyanne Harmon – 1st place Solo Competition

Visions is under the direction of Jenni Winter and Assistant Director Kim Porter. If you would like to see our competition show, make plans to attend the Spring Show Forever Falling for Disney on April 29 - April 30, 2016. ***Thank you Debbie Thomas for contributing this article.

Visions Senior members of Grenada High School’s Visions Show Choir celebrate their last competition season. Pictured are (l to r): Jenni Winter - Visions Director, AJ Forrest, Jerry Williams - Grenada High School Principal, Melissa Sones, Carson Carrithers, Sloane Reid, Lauren Conley, Jaylon Townsend, Dr. David Daigneault - Superintendent of Grenada School District, Rylee Artman, Peyton Porter, and Josh Savage