Singing the Praises of a New, In-Person School Year

Bailey Van Orman, Staff Reporter

What a difference a year makes! The Warren Hills Choir went from electronic Google Meet gatherings and students sitting outside six feet apart during the last school year (bottom photo) to singing all together in person and indoors during the current 2021-2022 school year (top photo). One year ago, coming into school five days a week with more than just half of the student body was unfathomable due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Today the unfathomable has become a reality, and the world is feeling more normal than it has in over a year and a half. ¨It was exceptionally difficult for singers because the level of danger in our activity was much higher than other activities in school,¨ said Choir teacher Lauren Voight. ¨Luckily, we looked at all the research and investigated the best ways to deal with it, and I felt that we still accomplished all of our goals.¨ Choir members last school year brought chairs outside every day, sat six feet apart, and attempted to sing with half of the group there, even under tents when it was pouring rain outside. Though it was hard, everyone persevered and 2021 has been much different for the better. Going into school five days a week, extracurriculars, and full classrooms have made all the difference. Choir classes are now together to do what they’ve wanted to do all along, which is sing.