Jackson-Via Students Sing at UVA

By: Philip Stewart
By: Philip Stewart

January 13, 2006

Some local elementary school students got the chance to show their patriotic side this evening. Jackson-Via Elementary school students had a special job to do tonight at the UVA women's basketball game.

"We sang the Star-Spangled Banner, and [we were] kind of nervous at first, but when we got on the stage it felt better," said Xenea Wells, a fourth-grader at the school.

The students looked and sounded pretty good in front of the audience at the game tonight. Some of the kids say they had their own way of getting ready.

"I just got ready by--I was llistening to songs," said fourth grader Evan Nelson. "And I was singing them just to warm up... [to] get energetic I guess."

With that same energy they also sing a whole range of other kinds of music at school.

"We sing like different christmas songs, church songs, and like, hip hop songs and all kinds of stuff, said Kenya Washington, another student in the singing group."

With this evening's experience under their belts they have some advice for future performers.

"Just have fun with it and don't be nervous," recommends Ivy Wells.

"They should practice singing a lot from high to low; not low to high because that's bad," added Evan.

Tonights group was made up of second and fourth graders who are part of Jackson-Via's chorus.

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