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Adena senior Savannah Robinson

FRANKFORT ! Though Savannah Robinson has been an Adena Warrior since kindergarten she still remembers the first time she felt like the community welcomed her with open arms.

Around the age of nine, Robinson discovered her passion for music while taking piano classes. She kept up with the lessons and around the time she was 11, Robinson was asked to fill in at the Frankfort Methodist Church. It was one of her first opportunities to showcase her talents and it left her feeling excited and confident. From there, her love for performing?only grew.

At Adena, Robinson became serious about the music program and plays both the flute and piccolo. In the fall she participates in marching band and in the spring, it’s theater. She’s also involved in concert and pep band, and outside of performing Robinson is active on the quiz team, national honor society, and is a member of the International Thespian Society.

During her junior and senior years, Robinson was able to take on more leadership roles in her activities. She was the 2020 field commander of the marching band and the student director of both the mixed choir and the women’s ensemble.

“The great relationships I made really helped drive me,” she said.

One of the most profound memories of her time at Adena High School is performing right before the coronavirus shut down began. The group had just performed a song, in Latin, about overcoming. As they sang, there was a symphonic ring of vocals throughout the gym. The moment stuck with Robinson for days and is one she often goes back to for inspiration.?

The summer before her senior year, Robinson hoped that things would return to normal after the pandemic but realized that wouldn’t be the case.

Although COVID-19 made it impossible for Robinson to be able to showcase the play she worked on to the public ! the school opted for a virtual, streaming show !?she said that it was still a wonderful experience.

Likewise, her experience in the band was different than traditional years but the graduating senior was satisfied with their final performance. As they were spaced?far apart, the students had to listen closer, Robinson said, ultimately benefiting the group.

She added that her class as a whole even became more tight-knit as a result of the pandemic.

On June 5, Robinson graduates as the valedictorian of her high school. Her experiences at Adena and within the Frankfort community have led her to pursue a degree in music education at Ohio University in the fall.?

To incoming Adena freshman, Robinson said the best thing you can do is get involved and don’t be afraid to be different. But the most important lesson she learned at Adena wasn’t something she heard in the classroom.

“Whatever plan you make, if it doesn’t go as intended, it can still be something rewarding,” Robinson said.

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