Colfax High School students prepare for Spotlight Night

COLFAX — Spotlight Night is the Colfax High School Music Department’s annual fundraiser scheduled for Wednesday, April 16 at 7:00 p.m. “This is not a traditional concert,” said vocal music teacher Carrie Christensen.  “Although we’ve worked on some of the songs in choir and band, many of the songs and skits are ideas kids have come up with on their own.”  Sophomore Daniel Schneider looks forward to performing in his second Spotlight Night:  “You can tell there’s lots of talent in Colfax.”

 “We stumbled upon this four years ago,” said Christensen, “and we’re thrilled to be able to fundraiser by showcasing our students.”  Senior Heidi Lieffort added, “I’ve enjoyed the energy that the audience brings.”

In addition to student performances, audience members may vote for their favorite acts, and there is a live auction.  This year some donated items are gift baskets, a quilt, Thirty-One bags, and baked items.

Middle school choir members will get to perform this year too.  “They’re excited to get to sing and dance on the stage,” said Christensen.  “When we went up there the first time, some were intimidated by the number of chairs and the lights.”

Money from this fundraiser helps pay for student scholarships for summer music camps.  Last year a record number of middle school and high school music students attended summer camps and special programs.  One such student was senior Heidi Lieffort, attending State Honors Choir Camp.  “I appreciated getting to go to camp knowing that I wouldn’t have to pay for all of it, and knowing that I could bring what I’ve learned back to our choir.”

“We have a lot of strong leaders in our bands and choirs at the middle school and high school level right now,” said Christensen, “We’re very excited about that.”

Tickets for Spotlight Night are $5 and available in advance at the high school office or at the door.  Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 16.  Individuals or organizations who still wish to make a donation can contact the Colfax High School Music Department.