VocalEssence teams up with Como singers
Como Park choir students participated in a special concert with the Minneapolis group VocalEssence on Feb. 22.
VocalEssence director G. Phillip Schoultz III led selected students in a concert at Como with members of VocalEssence. The relationship between Como instructor Carole Whitney’s choir program and Schoultz’s renowned group is based on the VocalEssence Talented Tenth Apprenticeship Program (TTAP). TTAP is founded on the W.E.B. DuBois theory that if you train onetenth of any population, the talent will work its way through the entire group.
Students selected to participate were Andrew Cardoza, Raphael Forrest, Jacoria Layrock, Natalie Moua, Justine Sanchez, Ethan Wesby, Nasue Xiong and Titi Yusuf.
An enthusiastic and appreciative audience of other choir members and students from other classes gave rave reviews of the performance. The choirs will host their next full concert in the Como Auditorium on Monday, March 28, at 7 p.m.
Variety show on March 24
The Tri M program, Como’s musical honor society, will host its annual variety show on Thursday, March 24, at 7 p.m.
United Soccer partners with AOF
The Academy of Finance (AOF) has a new partnership with Minnesota United soccer team, which will make the Midway its home after the completion of a new stadium on Snelling and University avenues.
AOF is a small learning community that gives students an opportunity to study accounting, international trade, business leadership and technology in preparation for college and careers in the financial services industry.
Teacher Kris Somerville has coordinated “Como Night” with United for the May 14 game. AOF students and Como soccer players will be guests of the team. The team is partnering with Como to provide service and employment opportunities, support existing programs, and potentially develop internships.
Seniors go to Washington
Seventeen seniors studying AP Government and AP Macroeconomics recently returned from a unique and powerful experience in Washington, D.C. The students were part of the national Close Up program, which promotes civic engagement and uses the capital as a living classroom.
Students visited monuments, memorials, the Smithsonian, Supreme Court, U.S. Capitol and prominent Washington neighborhoods. They had meetings with their senators and congresswoman on Capitol Hill and throughout the week discussed policy issues with professionals and political experts while interacting with peers from across the nation.
Spanish Day at Chelsea
Como Park Spanish students hosted Spanish Day for second-graders at Chelsea Heights Elementary on March 8. Como students prepared fun lessons that incorporated learning numbers, colors and storybook vocabulary.
‘FUN’raiser was fun!
The Como Park Booster Club held its second annual “FUN”raiser at the Urban Growler on March 6. Owners Deb Loch and Jill Pavlak provided the perfect venue for the event in south St. Anthony Park. Nearly 200 boosters helped raise funds for Como arts, athletics and clubs.