CREATIVITY LEADS STUDENTS AT CHEROKEE ELEMENTARY Creativity by students opens a new dimension of formerly hidden talents. As the art program, the choral music program and the instrumental programs in Sumter County Schools continue to discover student talents, the revelation of talents by teachers is also discovered. Many teachers play musical instruments, sing publically and share artistic talents through many different media. Mike Ryan, Choral Music Director at Cherokee Elementary has revealed a design and engineering talent that has been showcased in the halls of Cherokee and at public events.
His scale design and completion of The Eiffel Tower was Ryan's first revelation of design talent other than choral music leadership in Sumter County School. Mike Ryan is a graduate of Americus High School and a former member of the Americus High Singers. As he explores other avenues of creativity, his most recent design and construction of a scale ginger bread house, a collaboration of several Cherokee faculty members, highlighted the float entry in the recent Christmas Parade in downtown Americus.
"Of course, singing is my passion. Sharing my love for singing and music is being shared with students at Cherokee. Lately, I have developed another love for scale construction of well-known structures in our world. The Eiffel Tower exists in France and the ginger bread house is noted during Christmas and in music. It is fun to share these talent and processes with our youngest students," admitted Ryan.
Although student did not do the actual construction of these creations, Mike Ryan poses with members of his current choral music to share scale sizes of his Eiffel Tower and Gingerbread House. Shown are: Julissa Torres, Julian Swinnie, Kaniyah Reese, Sydney Griffin, Cristyona Battle, Daeshia Whitehead, Krisha Patel, Shia Pace, Kenneth Pough, Johnny Lara, Adaria Lane.