‘Wycallis Idol’ a fifth-grade tradition


First Posted: 5/19/2014

With the purpose of getting together for a fun time during their final year, fifth-graders at Wycallis Elementary School participated in the “Wycallis Idol” show. The show was not a contest but rather a staged production parody of Fox-TV’s “American Idol.”

The 96 students presented acts which ranged from displaying talent to being just plain silly. No matter their performance, though, students were extremely supportive of each other.

Music teacher Deborah Pike and Health and Physical Education teacher Karen Arnaud organized the event with assistance from substitute Art teacher Sara Farrey. Several years ago, Wycallis Idol became the fifth grade end-of-the-year performance. In years prior to “Idol,” the annual fifth-grade performance was the class’s version of “Grease.”

Announcer Andrew Gryskevicz started the show by introducing “What Does the Fox Say?” as the group of seven pointed out to its audience that other animals make their own unique sounds but the fox says “nothing.”

Round one also featured a solo performance by Madison Carlsso who performed her interpretation dance to the song “Fearless.”

Another highlight of the afternoon were five male students sporting basketball jerseys who displayed their playing skills as they passed a ball to each other, took turns shooting the ball into the hoop and ended their performance with an impressive display of tricks, such as spinning the ball on one finger. The talented group consisted of Drew Dickson, Jacob Koretz, Sam Leandri, Colin Marshall and Matt Whitesell.

Judges Brendan Austin, Grace Letwinsky, Deanna Wallace and Summor Zier-Norris were quick to give a “no” to the “Sparkly Selfies,” a novelty group of 10 young ladies whose non-choreographed dancing brought laughter from the audience.

Wycallis’ Principal Dr.Paul Reinert commented on the show by saying Wycallis Idol is an “exemplary illustration of integrating curriculum skills, developing and building community and fun!”

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