Shooting Stars highlights local student talent
The 13th annual Shooting Stars performance and fundraiser returns to Watauga High School for one night only on Friday, April 19.
The event, hosted by the Watauga Education Foundation and sponsored by Wells Fargo, allows students to show off their talents while raising money for projects and classroom needs in Watauga County Schools.
The exciting evening is the culmination of months of practice and preliminary competitions and features 125 local students from kindergarteners to high school seniors participating in the performing arts, said Alison Idol, president of the Watauga Education Foundation.
Another 43 visual artists will have their award-winning work displayed during the event, she said.
"It's just a wonderful showcase, and it's the one event in this community ... that brings together business, schools, community, families, administration, everything under one roof to celebrate kids and their talents," Idol said. "We love that."
This year's performances will include everything from a basketball act to cello performance to monologue to clogging.
A group of Shooting Stars alumni -- Cam Haas, Abby Foster, Ashley Harkins, Caleb Courtney and Mowa Mowa -- will open the show. Tricia Hall serves as the producer of the event.
Shooting Stars raises money for the Watauga Education Foundation's teacher grant program, which distributes approximately $25,000 each year to local classrooms.
Teachers may apply for grants of up to $2,000. In recent years, the grants have shifted more toward teachers' needs than wants, Idol said.
"There's just no extra money anymore to fund the extra, the inspiring, the enriching things that students need," Idol said.
Shooting Stars begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Watauga High School's Ross Auditorium.
Tickets are available in advance at Boone Drug at New Market. Seating is limited, and tickets will be sold at the door if any remain.
Visit wataugaeducationfoundation.org for a full list of Shooting Stars winners.