The leadership of Killian Hill Christian School has recognized the importance of communicating confidently and effectively by introducing the elementary, junior high, and senior high students to different approaches of oral interpretation, acting, musical theatre, and dramatic production through competition and the stage. Killian Hill is a member of the American Association of Christian Schools competition which rigorously challenges the students through interpretation, public speaking, acting, and debate competitions, training students from the fourth-twelfth grades in public speaking.
Before leaving for the Christmas break, Killian Hill presents its annual Christmas program featuring the elementary and secondary school choirs, bands, and orchestra. This year’s theme was “Christmas Around the World,” with songs and narration centering on traditions and customs celebrating the birth of our Lord. Mr. David Eilert directed our elementary choirs, orchestra, and band, with Mrs. Terry Fulbright, Mr. Greg Habegger, and Mrs. Marcia Rygh assisting in narration, junior and high school choirs and accompaniment.
The school also offers participation in Broadway style musical theatre which over the years has produced shows such as The Music Man, Fiddler on the Roof, Annie Get Your Gun, The Sound of Music, Beauty and the Beast, The Wizard of Oz, and My Fair Lady. Also, Pride & Prejudice, The Christmas Carol, The Matchmaker, Going Home, and various stage plays have delighted audiences for decades.
Killian Hill bases the training of the student on the biblical mandates Colossians 4:6, “Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man,” and Ephesians 6:19-20, “…that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.” Controlling the fear of public speaking, delivering a speech professionally and confidently, identifying and eliminating distracting mannerisms while speaking, and gaining discernment in evaluating strong and weak public speaking through performance and critique are skills that will be carried throughout the individual student’s career and lifetime ministry.
FALL FINE ARTS HIGH SCHOOL FESTIVAL
For the 48th year, the High School Fine Arts Festival was held this fall but with a twist because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Submissions will be made online, which opened the event to many schools and homeschoolers throughout the nation who even under normal circumstances wouldn’t be able to participate. Killian Hill participated in the categories of vocal music (solo, small choral group, large choral group, piano, instrumental, and choir), drama (acting group, oratory, and solo performance), and art (individual art entries and videography). First, second, and third placements received awards that included full scholarships to attend an education-camp and paid program fees for the first semester of their freshmen year at Bob Jones University.
We are thrilled to announce that Killian Hill was awarded the following placements:
- High School Choir – 2nd place
- Small Vocal Ensemble – 1st place
- Ladies Vocal Solo – Eleana Mc Daniel – 1st place
- Ladies Vocal Solo – Tea Mone Bechthold – 2nd place
- Acting Group – Pride and Prejudice – 1st place
- Solo Acting Performance – West Durden 2nd place
- Ceramics – Annaclaire Yearick – 1st place
- Original Oratory – Becca Harrison – 2nd place
- Original Oratory – Abby Rabelo – 3rd place
Special thanks to our coaches: Hanna Buckland (Art); Terry Fulbright (Speech and Drama); Emily Furniss (Voice); Greg Habegger (Choral); Sarah Munee (Speech and Drama); Jill Parry (Instrumental) Marcia Rygh (Piano)