Picnic With the Pops

CJ students took to the big stage when they performed in front of family and friends during the annual Picnic with the Pops concert.

The evening kicked off with entertainment from the comedy improv team, Busted Box, and cover band, Monday Night Project. Local food truck vendors C'est Cheese, Rib-N-IT BBQ, and Zombie Dogz provided dinner options for the crowd.

"I was really excited about the food trucks because that's part of our city too. CJ is a big part of this community, so it's great to have an event like this for all the families," said parent, Carrie Hartley.

"I think it's wonderful to have a concert like this," echoed parent Joe Daniels. "It gives the kids a chance to perform, and you never know what opportunities they will have from here."

CJ's band, string ensemble,  and choir members opened the concert with the song, Footloose. Other featured groups Hands in Harmony, Age V, and Vega, also shined on the stage with songs including, Awesome God, Eye of the Tiger, and Whenever You Remember. The night concluded with the song, Disney Dazzle!, in honor of performing arts groups traveling to Florida next month to perform at Disney World.

Kathleen Martin, whose son is a senior in the band, commented how the event was a great success. "To end the school year with this concert and great weather outside, it's the perfect way to tie together the whole year. What more could you ask for?"

"I think this concert is a great combination of all the hard work and effort the students have put in the whole year," said performing arts director Debi Schutt. "I think it's a testament to how hard they work and how passionate they are to perform, that this all comes together. I'm very proud to showcase all of them."