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    Students Take Center Stage with Country Music Performers and Songwriters
    Posted on 12/07/2018
    Student sings a song on stage with country music musician

    Student Take Center Stage with Country Music Performers and Songwriters

    On Dec. 4, all eyes were on Ina Hong and Regina Landan as they took the stage at the Showbox SODO to perform their original songs next to famous country music names such as Bailey Bryan, Barry Dean, Walker McGuire, and Cassadee Pope at the Country Music Association (CMA) Songwriters Series.

    Hong is a junior at Cleveland High School, and Landan is also a junior at Rainier Beach High School. Both students wrote and produced their original songs, which received raving applause from the audience made up of families and local country music fans.

    Before she began to sing, Hong talked about the process of writing her song and how she was encouraged by her music teacher, Caitlin Malarkey to do so. Hong grew up with music around her, as her mother is an organist. In addition to the guitar, Hong plays various instruments. As she sang her song, “I Could’ve Gone to Jail Because of You,” the audience reacted to her lyrics that detailed a story about her experience with a bully in her biology class.

    Student sings a song and plays guitar on stageLandan performed “Pieces.” It was her first time on stage, yet she sang with ease and confidence.

    The country music artists spoke of the amazing talent both students possessed and commended them for their creativity.

    Earlier in the day, the country music artists visited Cleveland High School to present Cleveland and Rainier Beach High School with a $25,000 from US Bank to purchase new musical instruments and materials to support rising talent at both schools.

    Arts education is offered at all schools within the district to support students in using their voices and creativity to influence positive change in their schools. Hong and Landan are reminders of the talent and diversity that shine within the Seattle student community. Read more about visual and performing arts education at Seattle Public Schools.