With eyes on Nashville, Morris High Choir hosts Feb. 24 fundraiser
For the first time in several years, the Morris Community High School Choral Program students will be taking a choir trip, so a Trivia Night is being held to help students with the cost.
The students are visiting the country music capital of the U.S., Nashville, Tenn., from March 24 to 27. About 38 students are planning to attend and the students have been fundraising throughout the year to assist with the cost of going, which is about $630 a student, said Alyssa Napolitano, director of choirs.
The last fundraiser before the trip will be a Trivia Night at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, in the Morris High main gym. Teams of six, ages 14 and up, are invited to play. It's $10 a player.
"Without fundraising, there are students who would not be able to go, so I try to create an equal opportunity for them," said Napolitano. "All who want to go should be able to. I'd never want finances to keep them from this opportunity."
"This is going to be something they will always look back on," she said.
The choir has not taken a trip for several years and Napolitano wanted to start the trips again every other year for the choir students. The band takes a trip every other year and the choir and band would travel opposite years.
"It's a good opportunity for students, not only to experience a new area, but for the music in that area," she said.
The students will perform for the choir director at Vanderbilt University and will do an outdoor performance at the historic Belle Meade Plantation. They will also tour through recording studios, see a performance at the Grand Ole Opry, and visit the Country Music Hall of Fame.
"I've traveled to a lot of places, but not to the southern states, so I'm excited to be going to Nashville and to go to the Country Music Hall of Fame," said Maren Bashor, freshman in the choir.
Sophomore Alexa Thorson is looking forward to spending time with the choir members outside of school and getting to know them better, she said.
Trivia Night Trivia
The Trivia Night will have 10 rounds with 10 questions and each round will have a different theme, said Napolitano.
She said she hopes students, teachers and community members will participate in the event together to allow for the students and adults to work together.
Participation forms can be picked up at the high school main office or at the Morris Area Pubic Library. The forms have to be returned to the high school office by Feb. 19 with the participation money.
Concessions will be available the night of the event.
"Even if you don't win, it's going to be a great time," said freshman Megan Carey.
For more information on Trivia Night, call the high school at (815) 942-1294.
Morris Community High School Choral Program Trivia Night
4 p.m. Sunday, Feb 24 in the MCHS Main Gym
Teams of 6, $10 a player, ages 14 and up
Participation forms are due Tuesday, Feb. 19 with fee; forms can be picked up at the MCHS Main Office or the Morris Public Library