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Student choir heralds new law school

Stetson holds a groundbreaking for its Tampa campus, with students from Lee Elementary School in Tampa Heights providing music.

By ELISABETH DYER
© St. Petersburg Times
published January 17, 2003


Thirty-seven young voices rang out over the freshly tilled earth at the groundbreaking ceremony for Stetson Law Center and Campus last Friday morning.

The bright-faced 4th- and 5th-graders -- Music Makers from Lee Elementary School of Technology -- had practiced all week to sing The Star-Spangled Banner for the ceremony.

Some students were nervous. Others were virtual veterans, having performed once before at a WestShore Plaza awards ceremony, said director Ryan McGregor.

Lee Elementary was chosen because it's in the Tampa Heights area, less than a mile from the site.

The Stetson Law Center and Campus is expected to be completed within a year and will be Tampa's first law school. The site is on Tampa Street, just north of Interstate 275 along the Hillsborough River.

"It's an honor for students to be included in the chorus," said McGregor, who is directing it for the third year. To join the group, children must pass an audition. To stay in, they must keep up with their class work.

The Music Makers are Mickaela Goes, Sarah Brown, Bruna Bouhid, Justin Gonsalves, Joyce Gardner, Grace McCauley, Monique Seragusa, Stephanie Miller, Javier Maldonado, Rachel VanDerMullen, Teneshia Huggins, Chris Rosenberger, Shaunice Hobbs, Lacinda Ayers, LaDiamond Jackson, Ashley Tapp, Brittany Tapp Bridget Petrich, Angel Shorey, Ana Puca, Britney Oquinn, David Sever, Emily Sugrue, Kayla Kelley, Sarah Haygood, Stephanie Still, Woody Pfeffer, Anissa Cruz, Molly McConnell, Jannete Pons, Jinal Patel, Luanna Morales, Akilah Scott, Jerimy Hunter, Amanda Matthews, Amanda Smith and Rickya Warren.

McGregor has been working with the chorus on stage presence and poise.

"I'm really proud of them," he said Friday.

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