Guests were greeted with holiday music performed by a brass quartet. The celebration kicked off with the presentation of colors by the JROTC Cadets, the National Anthem performed by the Orchestra Ensemble, and the Pledge of Allegiance lead by representatives from Student Council.
Dr. Blanchard started by thanking the voters for their support in approving the 2016 Bond which provides for the auditorium as well as various other projects at Combs High School and throughout the district. Governing Board President Shelly Hargis also expressed her gratitude to the community for supporting the students in the J.O. Combs school district and shared her excitement to see what the future holds for the next generation of leaders. Supervisor Mike Goodman spoke of the sense of community the auditorium will bring to the area, and Principal Brooke Davis conveyed how proud she was of the students and staff at Combs High School.
Student speakers were invited to share what the auditorium means to them, the students of Combs High School, and the community. Shanece McCoy, Dance Student, shared that the auditorium will bring a new level of professionalism to the dance troupe and fellow artists who will share the building. Student Council President Chloe Temple echoed her comments and the positive impact the auditorium will have on student performances.
Spencer Mattson, Senior Drama Student, said, “Although I won’t get the privilege of using this auditorium as a student, I am still unreasonably excited for the kids who do. No more twenty minute drives to Higley or Queen Creek to see a stage. There will be one in our own backyard.”
During the celebration, the Combs High School Choir entertained the audience with a performance of “Under Winter Moon.” The event culminated with the ceremonial breaking of ground and several photo opportunities for district leaders, students, and staff.
A special thank you to the Combs Technical Education TV Broadcast and Photography students and staff for covering the event.