The popular musical “West Side Story” is being presented by Liberty High School on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7 p.m. in the auditorium at 1115 Linden Street. Set in the nostalgic 1950’s, the story features a rivalry between two gangs in the Upper West Side of New York City during the last days of summer. Influenced by Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” the playwright included some tragic consequences in the script.
The Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts Theatre will present “Hair” at four evening performances from Wednesday, April 26 to Saturday, April 29 at 7 PM, and a matinee performance at 2 PM on Sunday, April 30. “Hair” is a rock musical about the 1960s hippie movement based on the book and lyrics of James Rado and Gerome Ragni, with music by Galt McDermot. The Charter Arts cast of “Hair” are directed by Ashley Tait-Weller, and Neil Chaban is director of music with Peter Wrenn-Meleck in charge of technical direction.
Performances and showcases are in full swing at the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts during the final months of school. The spring concert season is jam-packed with different exhibits every week from each artistic major, ensuring the school year ends with a bang.
Family members: Father (Scott Bennett), mother (Tracy Bennett), sister (Taylor Bennett)
Favorite subject: Math and economics because I enjoy using problem-solving and math to solve real world issues
Activities: Ice hockey, skiing, motorcross and golf
Next steps: I plan to attend a four-year college to study international finance or economics.
Career goals: I would like to work in finance and possibly in another country, or travel for a few years.
Education administrators announced the winners of the annual Superintendent’s Scholarship to Moravian College recently. Lexi Vega of Liberty HS and Gabriella Greenhoward of Freedom HS received a full-tution four-year scholarship to the college.
The Crusaders’ winter finished strong, raising $74,320 at Mini-THON to fund pediatric cancer research and support families struggling from cancer’s consequences. Over 300 students and faculty were involved in the 24-hour dance marathon Feb. 17 to the 18.
Freedom HS senior Kerry Callaghan was selected to receive the Travelers Protective Association of America’s Altruism Award on April 6 for her natural leadership abilities and her mature, selfless nature both in the classroom and in the community. Loretta Lohenitz, a counselor at Freedom, spoke on Callaghan’s behalf, saying Callaghan has “a heart of gold and a drive, spirit and influence like no other.”
Cops ‘n’ Kids Children’s Literacy Program completed yet another fantastic event of giving, this time for the children of Lincoln ES. Students packed the auditorium on the morning of March 31, anticipating a day filled with reading and fun. During the assembly, students learned how the Liberty HS National Honor Society raised over $800 to be used to purchase brand new books for each student at Lincoln.
Family members: I live with my parents, Karyn and Joseph, and my siblings, Shannon and Stephen.
Favorite subject: History has always been my favorite subject because it gives everything a reason. Specifically, global studies was definitely the best class because I find global conflicts most relevant in our lives.