Methodist Children’s Home charter school students spent months preparing their entries for the Texas Christian Athletic Fellowship competitions this spring. This year, students competed in dance, music, photography, theatre, and cheer.
Students brought home high scores for their work with a dance duet by Jaelyne and Camrayon receiving second place overall, photography by Layla and Nikki receiving first place overall, one-act play performer Jack receiving First All-Star Cast and cheerleaders earning second place in the co-ed high school novice division.
“While the list of awards on some level attests to the hard work and talent of our students, it does little to capture the initiative and creativity demonstrated by the students in months leading up to these competitions, or to attest to the perseverance and engagement of teachable moments required of students who successfully participated,” said Kimberly Bobbitt, director of recreation. “On so many levels it is this day-to-day learning process, not the competitions themselves, that makes the experience beneficial for our students.”
Bobbitt said students had the opportunity to work in a classroom environment with an instructor to write monologues, develop dances, learn songs and capture photographs based on their interests. This year saw the addition of the photography competition, and Bobbitt said she was proud of the initiative and drive she witnessed from many students throughout all categories of competition.
“Students get a chance to work out what it means to be part of a team, experiencing both the positive reward of what they can accomplish as a group,” she said. “Also students learn to weather challenges, like learning to move past difficulties of team members not holding up their part of the commitment or on the opposite side learning the importance of following through on a team commitment.”
Gabe Garcez, recreation assistant, led a team in theatre competitions this year.
“The competition allowed them to think in terms of a long term goal while we focused on the small goals we had week to week,” Garcez said. “I think it showed them how the small things they worked on individually added up to something greater than they could have accomplished on their own.”
Below is a list of results:
Fine Arts/Visual Arts Competition (Music, Photography, Dance)
Dance: Kiayani – Excellent rating (dance solo); Jaelyne and Camrayon – Superior rating (dance duet), Second place overall
Music: Keyon – Excellent rating (piano solo); Faith – Good rating (drum solo); Cameron – Excellent rating (vocal solo); Alexis – Excellent rating (vocal solo); Victoria – Good rating (vocal solo); Intermediate vocal ensemble (Hunter, Cameron, Victoria, Nikki) – Excellent rating; Beginner vocal ensemble (Alayah, Jack, Lacey, Faith, Alexis) – Good rating
Visual Arts: Nikki – Superior rating and first place overall (basic photography); Layla – Superior rating and first place overall (basic photography); Madison – Superior rating and third place overall; Bryce – Superior rating (basic photography); Lauren – Superior rating (basic photography); Alexis T. – Superior rating (basic photography), Alexis F. – Excellent rating (digitally-manipulated photography)
Fine Arts Competition (Theatre)
Monologues: Shelby – Excellent rating; Victoria – Excellent rating; Kendrick – Good rating; Lacey – Excellent rating; Autumn – Excellent rating; Jasmine – Good rating
One Act Play: consisting of Actors – Jack (First All Star Cast), Victoria, Juliana, Sheldon (Honorable Mention), Autumn, Lacey; Alternate – Jasmine; Technology Sound – Faith; Technology Lights – Shelby
Cheer team consisting of Gabi, Christina, Kiayani, Alyssa, Selam, Nikki, Ben – Second Place in Co-ed High School Novice Division
Congratulations to our participating students!