In the Loop Editor
Members of Visions, Grenada High School's award-winning show choir, sang and danced their way to another grand championship recently. At the competition, held at Jackson Prepatory School, the group walked away with the titles of Overall Grand Champion, Best Show Design, Best Vocals, Best Visuals, and First Place Large Division Preliminary Champion. This past weekend, the group took their show on the road again to compete at the Jackson Academy Show Choir Invitational, but results were not available at press time.
This year's competition show, entitled The Story Behind the Smile, depicts the life and times of Leonardo DaVinci after the creation of the Mona Lisa. Falling in and out of love with both his woman and his art, DaVinci's story, as depicted in the show, is one of mixed emotions. Music by Billie Eilish, Ariana Grande, and Ed Sheeran, among others, expresses the romanticism and passion of the artist as he creates his most famous work.
Ian Cook, a senior at GHS portrays the famous painter in the showcase. Alexis Simco (the significant other) and Anna Hurd (Mona Lisa) characterize the important women causing DaVinci's conflict.
Kristian Bell, Jadon Hardwick, Kayla Herrington, Jadon Reece, and Avery Zangri also take top billing with solos during the production. Other performing members of the full cast of Visions 2020 include DaJnea Antione, Madison Benson, Danica Caulder, Chloe Gillis, Nate Gomiller, Tori Harbin, Ella Horan, Meredith Meriweather, Karlee Pollan, Mackenzie Porter, Darby Renfro (freshmen); Ashlyn Boclear, Sydney-Claire Brown, Taylor Carver, Teekeo Conley, Ainsley Craven, Madison Flowers, Easton Greenwood, Abbi Jackson, Brandon Jones, Sophia Kornegay, Jesse Muilwyk, Jakyla Reynolds, Alexis Smith, Callie Smith, Ellie Welsh (sophomores); Hannah Briscoe, Dalton Dawson, Garian Edwards, Austin England, Kendyl Jones, Hallie Kerr, Joy Madkins, Roy McIntosh, Russ Reid, Keeochius Rhymes, Brooke Thomas (juniors); Ja'Mya Benson, Carl Dalton, Sterlin George, Jacheela Hanner, Mia Parker, Saavon Washington, Reagan Wooldridge, and Shaunna George (seniors). Visions crew members working behind the scenes include Xiavion Bankston, Anna James, Nick Johnson, Lane Lemley, Abby Pilkay, and Morgan Reed.
The group's itinerary for the rest of the year is still in the planning stages as the group searches for funding to attend more competitions. If you are interested in becoming a Visions sponsor, contact Jenni Winter, Visons coordinator at (662)310-0479.
In the meantime, rest assured, the talented entourage will keep singing and dancing in preparation for their next event. Congratulations to this amazing group of GHS students and the coaches and sponsors that make Visions possible.