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Reward all hard-working KHS students

Amanda Marvin
Just like the athletes who work hard to compete each season, the show choir and other KHS competitive groups should have the opportunity to earn a letterman jacket.

If you’re on a KHS sports team, you understand the desire of receiving a Varsity letter. Not only because of the jacket, but being able to reminisce on the time and effort you put in to receive the letter. It is a token of your dedication and hard work.

A Varsity letter is a major accomplishment in the world of high school athletics. It is a representation of the work student-athletes put into their activities. So, that means if you participate in an extra-curricular activity you will receive a letter, right?

If this were true, that means that students outside of the sports world would earn letters and letterman jackets. But, most of the arts at KHS, specifically show choir, are left out. Show choir is a group that combines choral singing and choreography. Singing alone takes a lot of training and control, but putting singing with cardio makes it all the more worthy of recognition.

The members of the show choir have to put in many long hard hours to first learn the music, then learn the choreography to go along with it. They will work up to 10 hours a day when their season is in full swing. It is competitive, just as any other sport. However, it is not heavily appreciated by other students at Kokomo High School. 

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While most of the students participating in show choir go to support the KHS athletic teams, it is rarely seen that any member of those sports show up to any show choir competitions. The countless hours spent on learning all of the choreography for five dances and having to practice the songs, and then putting it all together takes as much time and energy as any other sport does. 

Some other competitive groups, like the marching band, have the opportunity to receive a letter. The show choir never fails to bring an incredible show to life, and the members deserve to be honored in a special way. One way could be a letterman jacket. 

Most show choir members have been there since the beginning of the reboot of show choir. Before Covid, the show choir was full of boys and girls and was a huge part of the school, but since Covid it’s been harder to gather new members that can bring all they have to the show. Maybe if more people knew that you could get a letter for participating in a show choir, more people would want to join. 

It can really be seen that during the competitions there is not a lot of support coming from KHS except for maybe a few parents. Show choir needs huge energy from the crowd to feed off of because with more people in the crowd showing up for us the more fun the competitions are. 

In conclusion, the show choir has not received enough support in many different areas. They have not seen the support or  the recognition they deserve. It’s hard putting on a fantastic show to begin with, but when no one from your school wants to see it, it makes it even harder. It would mean a lot to the members of show choir, especially the seniors, if they could receive a letter for doing something they love.

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Alayna Kline
Alayna Kline, Reporter
Alayna Kline is a 15 year old sophomore at Kokomo High School. This is her first year on staff for the Red & Blue. She is a part of the Kokomo Dance Team, and she spends most of her time with her team. When she is not at practice she is involved in Student Council and enjoys hanging out with her friends.
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Amelia Duncan is a sophomore here at Kokomo High School, and is 15 years old. She is involved in three clubs at KHS: Student Council, Girls' League and Kats Together. Beyond the school hours, Amelia spends most of her time dancing. She is a devoted dancer outside of the school, and plans to dance in her career life. This year she decided to join the Red & Blue staff to be more informed about what's going on in school. She's very excited to support her school this year in a new, fun way and hopes everyone likes her stories!
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