Masked Singer Contest Kyle Wilson ES

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Singing Unicorn Wins Kyle Wilson Elementary School Masked Singers Contest

A singing unicorn, chick and llama stole the show at Kyle Wilson Elementary School in a masked singing contest. The activity was a fun and interactive celebration of Music Month in our schools, but it also offered valuable lessons.

Meagan MacHenry, a music teacher at Kyle Wilson Elementary, is an avid fan of Fox’s popular “The Masked Singer” TV show, where audiences try to guess the identities of costumed singers. Inspired by the show, MacHenry coordinated the school competition by first asking teachers and staff to volunteer to perform.

Last year, masked as a baby shark, first-grade teacher Christopher Kurtz won the contest. Destinee Taft, also a first grade teacher, was one of the top finalists with her lioness mask. Kurtz and Taft served as commentators for this year’s contest, sharing their thoughts on the performances via video.

This year’s brave contestants included Nicole Kozar, a first-grade teacher, Laura McCracken, a third-grade teacher, and the team of second-grade teachers, Jill Morgenroth and Kim Mason. Latosha Thompson, school librarian, and Tara Ouden, school tutor, complete the list of candidates.

At the start of their weekly music class, students watched videos of performers who were dressed up with emojis covering their faces. Using the Smart Notebook program on iPad, students voted for their favorite. The results were announced on school announcements the following week. The identity of the performer with the fewest votes has been revealed.

McCraken and Mason made it to the final round, but it was Kozar, masked as a unicorn, who was crowned the winner of the contest.

MacHenry said: “I loved having staff members involved in the competition. Having students watch teachers be creative and silly reminds them that our school is a safe place to take risks without judgment. This lesson was not lost on fifth-grade student Lydia, who said, “Our teachers aren’t afraid to think outside the box and be themselves.”

Geneviève, a ninth grader, shared, “The competition is so awesome. I learned that there is nothing wrong with having stage fright, but that it is better to overcome your fears.

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