On Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016, a unique opportunity will be afforded to 20 students from each of the local high schools. On that date, the Morehead Percussion Ensemble will perform at the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts and, thanks to the generosity and contributions of some local attorneys and judges, tickets for the schools have been purchased for distribution to the students.
The Southern Ohio Performing Arts Board considered ways in which it could increase student participation in the shows performed at the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts. Rebecca Climer, chairperson of the Education/Outreach committee for the SOPAA Board, contacted attorneys and judges with a request that they sponsor and purchase tickets for high school students to attend a show. The show selected was The Morehead Percussion Ensemble, which includes seven college students who have graduated from high schools in this area.
“One of the main goals of SOPAA is education,” Climer said. “We are thrilled that our legal community responded to this project, showing that they also care about the arts and area students.”
Climer said the response from the attorneys and judges was a showing of enthusiastic support for the project, resulting in fourteen schools receiving twenty student tickets each. The attorneys and judges who have participated, and the schools sponsored by each, are listed as follows:
Clay: attorneys Shawn Stratton and Chris Gerard; Green: attorneys Rick Nash, Andrew Sturgill, and Steve Willard; Minford: attorneys Julie Hutchinson, Chad McHenry, Shane Tieman and Judge Steve Mowery; New Boston: attorney Steve Oliver; Northwest: Hoover Law Group and attorney Josh Howard; Notre Dame: attorney Angela Marinakis; Oak Hill: Cole/Kirby & Associates; Portsmouth: attorney Valarie Gerlach; Sciotoville/East: attorneys Chris Goins, Andrew Sturgill and Judge Steve Mowery; South Webster: attorney Dave Beck; Valley: attorneys Dan Ruggerio, John Gamble and Ron McKenzie; Waverly: Judge Marie Hoover; West Portsmouth: Hoover Law Group and Attorney Josh Howard and Wheelersburg: attorney Bill Dever and Judge Matt McFarland.