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Assistant Choir Director

Carla Stough

My granddaughter, Anna Gunther, was born 15 years ago and has had a love for music from day one. She loves to sing and has a vast collection of tapes and CDs that entertain her for hours. As a freshman at Wheaton North High School in Wheaton, Anna was invited to join the Choir. She had been an enthusiastic member of the chorus at the middle school level and was thrilled to be included in the high school group. Second period chorus is her favorite time of day, and the students in the chorus have accepted her as part of the group. While preparing for the Fall concert the director noticed that Anna often was going through the motions of leading the choir. When asked if she would like to help direct the chorus, Anna immediately agreed. And so this past week Anna joined her wonderful teacher in leading 240 students in a patriotic medley at the Fall concert. Anna is presently the only student at this high school with Down syndrome and to see her able to participate in this way was a thrill for her family and friends. Our thanks to Ms. Marino, who saw a student who could and would participate in this way. She is truly an amazing teacher-so full of enthusiasm and energy. Our thanks to Ms. Marino for making music such a special experience for Anna as well as the students at Wheaton North High School.