Suffolk Public Schools celebrate harmonious talents

Published 1:21 pm Wednesday, January 3, 2024

Suffolk Public Schools honored three students for being selected as part of the American Choral Directors Association Honor Choir.

Lakeland High School students Tanaya Thompson and Unique Chatmon, as well as King’s Fork High School student Noah McDuffie, were selected for the audition honor choir for Grades 10, 11, and 12 and were given recognition during the SPS School Board meeting held on Thursday, Dec. 14 at City Hall Chambers. During his Good News Report, SPS Community Engagement Facilitator Melvin Bradshaw, Jr. said these are the first SPS students to be represented. 

“The mission of this is to inspire excellence in choral music through education, performance, composition and advocacy,” Bradshaw said. “This is the first time in the history of Suffolk Public Schools that we have ever had student representation.”


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Their two high school teachers, King’s Fork High School Chorus Teacher Dante Copeland and Lakeland High School Choral Director Tiffany Carr, were also honored during the ceremony for helping them along the way. Likewise, John F. Kennedy Middle School Chorus Teacher Jamila Ford was also commended for teaching the students during their time at John F. Kennedy Middle School.

Editor’s note: Updated third passage at 2:38 p.m., Thursday, January 4 to reflect accuracy.