We should celebrate and encourage the positives happening in Clayton County - especially from our students, and Lovejoy High School Senior Darrel Jones has definitely accomplished some things worth celebrating.
Jones will represent the very best of Clayton County and our public school system as he plays the violin at Carnegie Hall in New York City on February 19 as part of the 2011 American High School Honors Performance Series.
Darrel’s interest in playing the strings began as a third grader watching a video on string instruments in music class. Upon entering middle school he began playing the viola in the school’s orchestra, and this past summer at age 17, Darrel began taking violin lessons. He is now skillfully trained on both string instruments.
Darrel received a proclamation from the Board of Commissioners in January for his musical accomplishments, and will proudly perform on a stage that has hosted such legends as Leontyne Price, Plácido Domingo, the Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan, Beverly Sills, Luciana Pavarotti, Louis Armstrong, Yo-Yo Ma, and the Beatles.
Finally, Darrel along with the other winners from various high schools across the United States and Canada, will be featured on the weekend edition of NBC’s Today Show this Saturday morning.
Congratulations and good luck to Darrel! You make us proud! Can we send Darrel some love from this blog this week?
- By Kimberly Allen, The Clayton Talk blog
Sheriff Kem Kimbrough is hosting a series of meet and greets, and wants to hear from Clayton residents directly. The next will take place this Saturday, February 19 at Northcutt Elementary (5451 West Fayetteville Road, College Park 30349), 10:00 AM-4:00 PM.