Marathon’s musical middle and high school students showcased their talent on Dec. 7 at MMHS’s 2021 Winter Music Concert, directed by Spencer Oyster. The audience was treated to a mix of nine pieces (and a few sing-along songs) performed by the school’s choir, beginning band, symphonic band and wind ensemble. Greeting attendees at the entrance was an art installation of work by MMHS students. Among several styles, colorful 2D and 3D “neurographic art” literally leaped off the display boards. “Neurographic art can look abstract or realistic. It doesn’t matter what style the end result is; what matters is how one approaches the activity,” said art teacher Kristi Ferrise. “The goal of neurographic art is to create mindfulness and intentionality. It relaxes the mind and creates a calm peaceful feeling.”

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Hailing from Rhode Island, the Ocean State, Alex has always spent as much of his life as possible in and around the water. A dolphin trainer by profession, he still spends most of his free time diving, spearfishing, and JetSkiing. Once it gets too dark for those things, he can usually be found at the Marathon Community Theater, where he spends most nights still trying to figure out what the heck he is doing.