---- — Every so often we like to tip our caps in this space to the outstanding efforts and accomplishments of our community members. There has certainly been much to celebrate and appreciate in our area the past few days.
We’ll start with the Goshen High School winter percussion groups. Both the GHS concert and movement ensembles competed in the Winter Guard International Championship last week in Dayton, Ohio. The movement ensemble placed 14th in the open division. What an incredible accomplishment. And for the second time since 2005, GHS claimed a world championship as its concert ensemble finished first in the open class, edging a school from Massachusetts by five-tenths of a point.
It’s certainly no surprise to us that a music program from Goshen High School is capable of such heights. And there is no mystery to how it’s done – hard work, dedication, outstanding leadership (at school and at home) and talented kids.
Under the guidance of Tom Cox, Josh Kaufman and Marcia Yost — and Max Mault and Dave Plank before them — Goshen has established itself as one of the top music programs in Indiana and the United States. That’s something worthy of putting on a sign welcoming visitors to town.
SPEAKING OF MUSIC and entertainment, we continue to marvel at the talent the organizers of the Goshen College Performing Arts Series manage to assemble on an annual basis. This year’s nine-date set is highlighted by Grammy-winning artists Lyle Lovett, the Indigo Girls, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the Turtle Island Quartet.
The series will conclude with a live broadcast of Garrison’s Keillor’s highly-acclaimed radio program “A Prairie Home Companion” in May 2015. That’s quite a compliment as Keillor often takes his Minnesota-based show on the road to major venues and incorporates the uniqueness of that area into the program that is broadcast around the world, primarily on National Public Radio.
Goshen must have left some impression on Keillor, who performed a solo storytelling performance at Sauder Music Hall on GC’s campus last October. During that show, Keillor led the audience in song and marveled at its singing ability. Later on his website, Keillor described his effort in Goshen as perhaps the “best show of my life.”
To bring his radio program here, speaks volumes in the confidence Keillor has in us. He won’t be disappointed.
AND LAST, BUT not least, we want to congratulate the students, teachers, staff and parents at several local schools that were recognized this week for their academic performance with 4-Star School designation. Those schools include Clinton Christian School in Goshen, NorthWood High School in Nappanee and Middlebury Elementary School, Orchard View School and Northridge High School, all part of Middlebury Community Schools.
We are proud of the hard work being done at all our local schools, and it thrills us when such strong efforts are honored. Nice job, indeed.