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.
The school also offers participation in Broadway style musical theatre which over the years has produced shows such as Peter Pan, 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 49th year, the students qualifying for first placements at Fine Arts State Competition attended National Competition held last week at Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC. Killian Hill participated in the categories of vocal (solo, small and large choral groups), instrumental, (piano, woodwind, brass, and instrumental ensembles), drama (acting group, debate, oratory, and solo performance), and art (individual art entries), and academics. 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. Of the twenty-eight states competing from all parts of the country, Killian Hill received the most placements and highest points in the nation for a single school with fourteen awards representing academics, art, music, and speech and drama. We’re so proud of our students and thank God who provided them with these gifts and an intense work ethic.
We are thrilled to announce that Killian Hill was awarded the following placements:
Rebecca Harrison – Humorous Interpretation – 1st place
Kayleigh Brigola – Garment Construction – 1st place
Natasha Nina – Dramatic Interpretation – 2nd place
Grace Anderson & Daniel Noelle – Sacred Piano Duet – 2nd place
Amarie Baker – Declamation – 2nd place
Amarie Baker & Rebecca Harrison – Acting – 2nd place
Amarie Baker, Rebecca Harrison, Daniel Noelle, Ben Sherman,
Yohan Terrazas Damenceno – Readers Theatre – 2nd place
Katie Hunt, Sara Buckland, Addison McDole, Josiah Lamothe, Abigail Rabelo, Jewels Durden, Rebecca Harrison, Yohan Terrazas Damenceno, Daniel Noelle, Tre Kegler, Tashina Verghese, Adarys Encarnacion Rivera, Grace Anderson, Amarie Baker, Raya Ackleh, Trevor Hayhurst – Choric Speaking – 2nd place
Iniya Mohan – Extemporaneous Speaking – 3rd place
Sara Buckland – Oral Interpretation of Scripture – 3rd place
Iniya Mohan & Shalena Lam – Debate – 3rd place
Jacob Allan – Physics – 3rd place
Jacob Allan – Chemistry – 3rd place
Daniel Noelle – Music Theory – 3rd place
Special thanks to our coaches: Terry Fulbright (Speech and Drama); Emily Furniss (Voice); Greg Habegger (Choral); Sarah Munné (Speech and Drama); Jill Parry (Instrumental) Marcia Rygh (Piano)