Keeping the arts alive in Pearl River County

Published 7:00 am Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Saturday, we reported on the triumphant return of some of Pearl River County’s most talented students.
Theater students from Pearl River Central’s Blue Maskers and Picayune Memorial High School’s High Tide Productions won awards at the Mississippi Theatre Association’s Theatre Festival in Meridian, which was held the weekend of Jan. 16.
While neither of the groups advanced to national competition, they are still winners in our opinion.
Our reporters have witnessed firsthand the immense talent that took the stage in Meridian.
Their participation in state competition is not only important to the theater students, but to every resident in this county.
They represented Pearl River County in a positive way and relayed the message that this area is bursting with talent.
While we applaud the students’ efforts, we must also give thanks to their teachers, Amber Mauldin and William Rester.
Without their direction, care and unshakeable devotion, these students may not flourish as they do.
While many are born with their talents, it still takes a dedicated teacher to show them how to cultivate and use that talent effectively.
That’s exactly what we have witnessed in both theater programs, as well as other art class taught throughout the county.
The arts are alive and well in this county and we hope that this trend continues.
Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education, said it best, “The arts can help students become tenacious, team-oriented problem solvers who are confident and able to think creatively.”
Thank you to all of our teachers of the arts in Pearl River County. Continue teaching our children to think creatively.
We look forward to reporting on all the great things our talented youth accomplish.

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