Thanks to its Renaissance program, Solanco High School students are routinely recognized for outstanding academics, good attendance records, and exemplary behavior.
On Friday night, May 10, students will have the opportunity to display different types of skills.
The school is hosting a talent/variety show Friday night at 7. Doors open at 6:30. Admission is $5.
"We haven't done it in a couple years," Judy Richardson, Renaissance Ambassador Advisor and event coordinator, said of the talent show. "We thought we would bring it back as our main fundraiser."
Twenty-two acts are slated to perform. Gabe Williams, a member of the Solanco's chorale who has portrayed Shrek in a school production, will sing the Frank Sinatra classic "Fly Me to the Moon."
The Class of 2019 will perform a dance number they choreographed, the same one they used to win the Color Crusades. Solanco teachers Mike Miller and John Girvin are putting on an updated rendition of Abbott and Costello's "Who's On First?"
Smith Middle School's faculty/student band "Two-Hour Delay" will play as well as a Solanco High student band.
There are no prizes but the talent show may feature an American Idol or America's Got Talent type competition in the future.
"I think the whole community is excited for the talent show because we have have been placing fliers around the community and schools," said Natalie Lasko, a student who has been assisting Richardson.
It has been a busy time for the Renaissance program. Solanco celebrated Renaissance Week April 29-May 3.
An ice cream social sponsored by Martin's Appliance was held that Monday followed by cookies and donuts on Tuesday. Solanco's jazz ensemble played during Wednesday's lunches. Students were treated to a movie and popcorn on Thursday.
On Friday, students were able to spend tickets they had accrued based on the color of the card they earned. There are four colors of cards – gold, silver, black, and white. Richardson said over 600 students earned a card. Tickets can be used on gift cards to local stores and restaurants.
Other incentives offered throughout the years include breakfasts and field trips. A barbecue is planned for the end of the school year. Next year, a prize will allow students to "leave their mark" by painting a ceiling tile in the Great Hall.
"The Renaissance program helps the school because kids can feel motivated to good things and get good grades, good attendance, good behavior, so they can get the incentives we give them," said senior Kara McClune, who helps Richardson.
Richardson said Solanco's Renaissance program began in the early 2000s. "The community supports the program," she said. "It is 100 percent funded by the community, parents, and faculty." The Renaissance Program's mission is to promote and celebrate student achievement and commitment while recognizing individuals and the entire school community.
"The Renaissance program is based on the principles of performance, promotion, and partnership," Richardson said. "Renaissance is renewing school climate and culture for the 21st century by building the character of students inside and outside the classroom, enhancing and growing connections with peers, parents, community, and all stakeholders, and creating a culture of celebration of all achievements to inspire success for the future."