UNI event allows participants to act out on joyful activities

Senior Taryn Ackerman sings loud and proud.

Last Sunday, April 2, community members gathered for the third annual Spectrum Project performance at UNI’s Russell Hall.

The Spectrum Project is a music, movement, art and drama group for kids of varying abilities directed by Kevin Droe. Each participant is also paired with a UNI student “buddy.” CFHS participants included Taryn Ackerman, Kylie Elser, John Glascock, Emma Hovanec and CFHS graduate Jake Brustkern.

During the performance, these students displayed their talents via the mediums of singing, dancing, playing instruments and original handshakes. A special guest appearance was also made by Checker and the Bluetones, who helped the students showcase each of their acts.

The effects of the project run much deeper than the sensory stimulation. Regarding what she enjoyed the most about the project, Hovanec said, “I am really happy to be doing this, and I have a lot of fun every time.”

The performance was filled with pure joy as the performers hard work finally paid off.

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