GT students shine in annual show
Rector Elementary School gifted and talented students pulled out all the stops Saturday night for their annual Christmas Talent, Art and Project Show, demonstrating a degree of creativity, imagination and hard work uncommon among students so young and, at the same, time, raising money to help underprivileged Rector elementary students.
No doubt inspired by GT teacher Candy Williams, who is known for consistently giving far more than she is asked in every situation, the students came up with some clever ideas and greatly impressed the large number of visitors. The talent show featured 10 acts.
In an effort to convey the true meaning of Christmas, fourth grader Conly Lockhart, son of Tony and Shelley Lockhart, touched hearts with a unique presentation which featured him at a desk writing a Christmas poem to Santa about helping others. Conly's poem was accompanied by a slide show of scenes around Rector.
The recently rescued Chilean miners also found their way to the Rector stage in an ingenious presentation by third grader Adam Romine and fourth grader Colton Lindsey, who performed to the song "Big Bad John." A third miner, Max Ford, sadly could not be present because of an untimely case of chicken pox, but he was represented on stage by his miner's hat.
The audience was wowed by two amazing dance solos, the first by Sophie Simmons, who performed to "Shake Your Groove Thing," and the second by sixth grader Dominique Coln, who soared to the number "Showoff."
Vocal presentations included: "Winter Wonderland," by Avery Bucy; "Amazing Grace," by Sarah Willis; "Bethlehem," by Tabor Trail; "O Holy Night," by fourth grader Sarah Robinson, who was joined by her grandmom Karen Cagle, her mom Heidi Henderson and aunts Harmony and Haven Cagle; "American Honey," by Brianna Glasco, and "I'll Be Home for Christmas," by Mrs. Candy Williams.
There were lots of Christmas temptations in baking projects presented by 14 students prior to the talent show. Chocolate cherry mice by Sydney Wofford and peanut butter mice by Nick Wofford were just two of the delicious offerings. Others included: sausage balls by Amber Beck; peanut brittle, chocolate cookie bark and spicy nuts by David Bozarth; puppy show by Sarah Isom; four-layer pie by Natalie Varner; chocolate covered peanut brittle by Blake LaRue; fudge by Zephyer Tinsley; snowman hot chocolate by Natalie Shelton; chocolate covered pretzels and no-bake cookies by Jaydin Bullinger; chocolate rolls by Camden Mount; famous peanut butter fudge by Kaylee Pence, and hard rock candy by Sarah Robinson.
Everyone missed Trace Sanders, who had planned to do snack crackers before he, too, was stricken with chicken pox.
Imaginative arts and crafts projects included: Bailey Hoots' three-dimensional snowflakes; Adria Kemper's Christmas ornaments; Faith Fry's snowflake ornaments; Logan LaCaze's bird house, bird feeder, airplane and race car; Zane Wright's drawing, and Sarah Robinson's circle weaving.
There were also some opportunities to learn about some very interesting subjects through five science and informational projects which included: Kirk Beshears, Legos; Jada Bracken, horses; Andrew Garron, Christmas traditions around the world; Parker Bucy, history of the Arkansas Razorbacks, and Jacob Holmes, electric potato clock.
Emcee for the evening was Rector High School senior Ashley Williams, the reigning Miss Rector and Miss Heartland.
"I'd like to thank all of my students and their parents for the hard work they put into making this show so wonderful," Candy Williams said. "It is a blessing to work with these kids."
She also expressed appreciation to RHS coach Nate Henderson, who served as sound technician, and to elementary principal Johnny Fowler for his support of the school GT program.