Bittersweet emotions filled the air as the final notes from the string orchestra rang out in Centennial Hall, signaling the end of the annual Spring Concert. The concert was a last hurrah for many involved, including the Sixth Formers graduating from the school in a few short weeks.
“I’ve grown so fond of everyone that I’ve worked with throughout this year and I am going to miss them, but I’m grateful for the opportunity I had to work with everyone.”Mr. Matthew Mastronardi
“I feel good that everything is done, and I feel like we had a great year,” music teacher and Notables director Mr. Matthew Mastronardi said. Like the Sixth Formers, he too is leaving at the end of the school year, but his outlook is more optimistic than most would expect. “It’s a bittersweet feeling […] I’ve grown so fond of everyone that I’ve worked with throughout this year and I am going to miss them, but I’m grateful for the opportunity I had to work with everyone.”
A few Sixth Formers are choosing to leave their mark in a unique way. For Sixth Former Alphonso Evans, this meant arranging the hymn “Lift Every Voice and Sing” for the Notables with help from Mr. Mastronardi. It meant a lot for him to be able to not only leave his legacy, but help to give other Black students on the Notables something to feel connected to.
As the Sixth Formers begin to say their goodbyes, many spots are left open for Fifth Formers to fill, especially in terms of leadership opportunities. Fifth Former Chase Nelson is looking to move on from Glee Club to the Notables.
“Well, I haven’t joined yet,” Nelson said, “but if I do, I’ll be really excited and happy to contribute to the program.”
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