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Students show support for show choir director

We first told you of the show choir director at DeKalb High School being reassigned earlier this week, since then some of the community has sounded off on social media and Saturday they took it to the streets.

Posted: Apr 14, 2018 10:50 PM
Updated: Apr 15, 2018 1:06 AM

AUBURN, Ind. (WFFT)- Cars were riding by honking in support of DeKalb High School students speaking out on behalf of the show choir director they admire so much.

"I think it's a tragedy that DeKalb High School won't have Kent and Shelley there to continue to create this program and build on it and make it what it is, and I think that it helps so many students," Megan Buss said.

Buss is a former show choir student who is now a student at IPFW.

Even though the show choir program isn't going anywhere, the district decided to go in a different direction, which means the program will be losing husband and wife team Shelley and Kent. Students here say it won't be the same.

"Kent and Shelley, they've put that interest in drama into the department and mixed it with music," Buss added.

The program is near and dear to Kylee Walker's family.

"I seen my uncle go through it, my mom went through it, and watching my uncle go through it, I really wanted to do it and Kent and Shelley made that possible. Without them, I don't think I would be in show choir today," she said.

Under the Johnson's leadership, people have gone on to pursue theatre degrees, and went on tours. The change is disheartening for most of them, but they are working hard on their next musical, Footloose, giving it all that they've got to honor the two people that helped them find their passion.

Their musical will be from April 27th through the 29th.

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