This is written to try to convey our deep appreciation for and gratitude to those extraordinary people responsible for the fine arts program at Escanaba High School. We want to shine the spotlight on them and to celebrate our good fortune. We especially hope this also speaks to those who have not had the benefit of experiencing the quality music and theater performances of our young people at the high school.
What a priceless gem of an asset for the school system and the community!
On a scale of 1-10, 10 being outstanding, the music and drama program is a 15! For the past few years, we've had the great blessing of watching our granddaughter blossom vocally and hone her acting skills - all because of a handful of "teachers" who are passionate about their craft.
Multiply this rare dedication and influence across all her classmates over at least a couple of decades, and one can appreciate the profound effect they have had - a true legacy.
It's risky to name names because someone will be omitted. Putting together a consistent string of vocal, instrument and theatrical performances, second to none, requires hundreds of people.
It's a risk worth taking to pay tribute to the few driving forces that make all this work. These unsung "heroes" will credit the kids for their considerable accomplishment as well they should since they are what it's all about.
Let's not forget, however, that few people are able or willing to challenge the kids to get them to "reach for the stars." They do this first by example and then with a full measure of technical skill, passion, ability to recognize potential and nurture talent, setting high, but achievable expectations and genuine concern for kids.
We owe these people a huge debt of gratitude. Thank you for your dream that some aspect of the arts will become a significant part of who these young people become.
Dirk and Sue Manson