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Lee County School System Notebook - Dec. 4, 2013

A JFK commemoration, breakfast with Santa, musical auditions and a trivia contest headline Lee County High School events

Lee County High School students pose with their exhibit of memories of the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. The exhibit will be open at Lee County High through Sunday. (Special photo)

Lee County High School students pose with their exhibit of memories of the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. The exhibit will be open at Lee County High through Sunday. (Special photo)

Lee County High students commemorate JFK anniversary

LEESBURG — As part of their ongoing training as citizen-orators, the AP (advanced placement) English students at Lee County High School recently asked friends and family members to share their memories of Nov. 22, 1963, the day when President John F. kennedy was assassinated in Dallas.

Many of those memories were collected for a display in the school’s lobby that commemorates that fateful day in American history.

“We have comments and recollections gathered from across the nation and the world—even one or two from Dallas and one from a naval vessel at sea,” AP instructor Robby Davis said. “Good citizens have a knowledge and appreciation of the nation’s history. A complete understanding of and interest in history allows one to put current events into the proper perspective, not the perspective that the news media choose for us.”

The AP English course for 11th graders is a course in rhetoric, and it focuses on increasing students’ awareness of the contemporary issues in all areas of study: language, science, history, society. The AP students invite the public to visit the high school and view their commemorative display, which will remain in the lobby through Sunday.

Also, in response to the recent natural disaster in the Philippines, the AP students rallied the support of their friends and families for their “5 Days for the Philippines” service project. In five days, the group raised more than $1,500. Those funds were channeled to the Philippine relief effort through Concern Worldwide. A former AP student from LCHS, Amanda Ruckel, who works for the highly-rated world-relief NGO based in New York, guided the students through the donation process. The students chose Concern Worldwide because the organization assured them that 92.4 cents of each dollar would go directly to providing aid on the ground.

Next semester the AP students will be working on another global citizenship initiative that focuses on the issue of hunger throughout the world.

Breakfast with Santa returns to LCHS Saturday

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A youngster talks with St. Nick at a previous Breakfast with Santa at Lee County High School in Leesburg. Santa and Mrs. Claus are scheduled to return for breakfast Saturday to launch the Leesburg Christmas celebration. (Special photo)

Saturday will mark the 18th annual Breakfast with Santa, marking the beginning of Leesburg’s day full of Christmas celebrations and heralding the beginning of the area’s holiday season.

The pancake-and-sausage breakfast will be served in the Lee County High School cafeteria 7:30 a.m.-10 a.m., which is the scheduled starting time for Leesburg’s Christmas parade. Throughout the breakfast, children will have the opportunity to visit with Santa Claus. And for the first time in many years, Mrs. Claus is expected to accompany her husband on his annual pre-Christmas visit to Leesburg. Parents and grandparents will be welcome to take photographs of their young ones as they discuss their wish lists with the Clauses.

“The breakfast has become a special holiday tradition in our community,” says Robby Davis, a spokesperson for the event. “And speaking of traditions, we’re glad to say that, just as it has always been, the family-friendly price will remain only $3 per person.”

The annual Breakfast with Santa is hosted by the award-winning theatre arts program of Lee County High.

Auditions set for stage version of Mel Brooks' classic

Lee County High School’s Theatre Arts Program will conduct auditions for Mel Brook’s newest movie-turned-Broadway musical, “Young Frankenstein” on Sunday and Monday at the high school.

The production’s cast will include adults from the community and students from the high school. The auditions will include singing and speaking; some of those auditioning might be asked to dance.

The show will feature all the favorite wacky characters from Brook’s original 1974 comedy-classic film — Dr. Victor von Frankenstein; his fiancée, Elizabeth; Frau Blucher; Igor; Inspector Kemp, and The Monster. The Irving Berlin classic “Puttin’ on the Ritz” will be heard in the show, but it will be joined by songs written by Brooks, including “He Vas My Boyfriend,” “The Brain,” and “The Transylvania Mania.”

Auditions are scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Sunday, and 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Monday at Lee County High’s Clay Auditorium. No prepared audition material is required. Contact (229) 903-2297 or email theatrelchs@lee.k12.ga.us.

Books trivia contest set for Oakland library

The Bindery at Oakland, the Lee County library branch off U.S. Highway 82, will be the host site for the “By the Books Trivia Competition” at 7 p.m. on Dec. 12.

Local trivia whizzes are invited to team up and compete in this winner-takes-all contest. Teams of 2-5 people with no age requirements will field questions from five categories: language and literature, history and politics, math and science, pop culture, and sports.

The registration fee is $10 per team. The contest will consist of three preliminary rounds and a final head-to-head round. Spectators are welcome. The winning team will take home the total amount of collected registration fees as first prize.

The contest is being coordinated by Lee County High School theatre arts program as a community service.

Teams may pre-register by emailing theatrelchs@lee.k12.ga.us or calling (229) 903-2297. On-site registration begins at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 12. All registration fees must be paid before the contest begins.