Maxwell students dazzle family and friends

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Holiday spirit ran at all time high for the students at Maxwell Elementary, on Thursday, when hours of preparation came to life for the annual Christmas Program.

For the past 20 years, music and art teacher, Vicki Wilson, has astonished the town of Maxwell with her creativity and passion for music, which is reflected in the performances of her students.

“This year’s program was filled with lots of messages to Santa,” said Wilson. “We had so much fun preparing and performing for the community. With the support of my high school band and art classes, the program really brings together so many talents behind the scenes, as well as on the stage. Thanks to all who came and supported my 20th Maxwell show.”

With a packed gymnasium, Maxwell students in kindergarten through fifth grade received strings of applause for their performances and that of the fifth grade band. Behind the scenes, Maxwell High School students worked diligently to ensure the stage presentation for each grade and kept the flow of the program on cue.

“This is my second year assisting with the Christmas Program as a member of the High School band,” said senior Andrew Garcia. “Mrs. Wilson does such a spectacular job and pours her heart into this production. This is one thing I will miss about high school for sure.”

The theme “A Christmas Note” included a plethora of Christmas music, dancing, and costumes. Musical performances included “When Santa Claus Gets Your Letter,” performed by the kindergarten class, “When Christmas Comes to Town,” by the fourth graders, and a shadow presentation by the fifth grade class, ending with “We Wish You A Merry Christmas.”

Mister and Miss Merry Christmas were announced, with Karen Alvernaz and Connor Pearson receiving their titles.

During intermission, the crowd was entertained by the junior high school band. Audience members also participated in the opportunity raffle to help raise money for the evening’s costumes, props, stage decorations, and audio needs.

At the conclusion, Santa made an on-stage appearance as the crowd sang “Jingle Bells” for the final roll call of the evening. ■