Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

Barren County Schools

February 18, 2014

Barren County School District, Western Kentucky University sign off on Capstone

GLASGOW — Jay Todd Richey, a May 2013 graduate of Barren County High School, said high school drama club is just as important as sports, band or a job.

“It requires just as much teamwork, dedication and involvement as anything else you can do in high school,” Richey said before his speech at Barren County High School’s Fine Arts Capstone signing event.

He said being involved in the club was the No. 1 experience he’ll remember most about being a BCHS student.

“[Drama] is really what I focused on junior year and senior year,” he said.

He performed in “Cinderella,” “Hairspray” and “Beauty and the Beast,” but his favorite role was Beast in “Beauty of the Beast.”

“The drama director let it be up to us to kind of put our own unique twist to the role,” Richey said. “I kinda envisioned the beast to be more dark. So I had like dark fur, black fur, black coat. ... I had the opportunity to be creative with it.”

He said what he liked most about drama club is “everyone getting excited for one special event.”

“If you are at a football game or something you cheer one side or the other,” Richey said. “But when you are on stage, everyone is kinda cheering for you.”

The main reason he decided to join the drama club was because Glenna Gardner, the former group talent director for Junior Beta Club, became the drama director.

“When she became the drama director, I knew I had to be a part of the drama club because I knew it would be awesome,” Gardner said.

Richey, who is triple majoring in political science, economics and Chinese at Western Kentucky University, said drama club played a tremendous role in who he has become after high school.

“Drama club really helped me with speaking to people,” Richey said. “Plus, when I went to WKU, I joined a fraternity, a group of really good guys that I love to be affiliated with. ... So drama club really showed me like what kind of characteristics of people I want to be involved with, affiliated with when I went to college.”

Richey said the speaking skills he gained from drama club will help him with his future career.

“I would absolutely love to be in public service someday, whether is it is on the local, state or federal level. Any public service or public office,” Richey said. “I am also looking at international corporate law.”

He said he wants to become involved in fine arts again after he starts his career.

During the Capstone event, Richey played a video called Mafianji. He helped to create it when he was a student. He said video editing and production was another form of art that helped make him a well-rounded Barren County student.

The Fine Arts Capstone signing event was held Friday evening at BCHS to showcase the artistic achievements of current and former Barren County students and to celebrate the new fine arts partnership between BCHS and Western Kentucky University. Students will receive dual high school and Western Kentucky University credit for taking various fine arts classes at BCHS.

At the event, a variety of speakers, such as Barren County Superintendent Bo Matthews and WKU President Gary Ransdell, spoke about the importance of art on a local and global level. Also at the ceremony, artwork was shown, the drama club sang, bands and orchestras played, dancers twirled.

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