Calabasas High Honors Sandy Hook Victims
Song, poetry and letters of support at Calabasas High
On Decemeber 23, roughly 50 students, parents and faculty gathered at Calabasas High for an emotional vigil honoring the 27 victims at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
Nearly a dozen students performed songs a poem, many of whom composed their own. One student played a rendition of the classic Imagine by John Lennon on piano, and another ended the vigil with Blowing in the Wind by Bob Dylan.
Senior and vice president Emily Simon organized the event which also included an arts and crafts table where students could craft snowflakes and write letters to the Newtown community. Approximately 25 letters were mailed the next day.
“It was really nice that people came to support Newtown. I think it’s really brought the nation together … it’s made people think,” said Hallie Rosenberg, a 15-year-old sophomore who attended the vigil.
The school administration was applauding Simon and other students for participating in the vigil. Assistant Principal Todd Schroeder called the event “indescribable,” leaving parents and faculty particularly impacted, with many holding back tears.
Those who performed at the vigil were Jenna Snyder, Adam and Julia Feldman, Mack Keane, Danny Cagan, Sadie Buchenau, Carmel Gutherz, Phil Kanarsh, Jillian Hecht, Ben Lewis and graduate of 2012, Michael Lewis.