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Student-athletes also sharing their musical talents

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By Molly Haines

In a couple of months, a group of five seniors will take their last walk across the stage at Owen County High School, but not before they leave their mark as members of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes band.
The band, which has a total of seven members, put together a successful Christmas cantata that was preformed for eight local churches and the entire school district.
Karen Wash, who advises the students, said the Christmas cantata was inspired by the music of Trans-Siberian Orchestra and the band continued performing it into January to fulfill all the requests they had received.
Before wrapping up their performances of the cantata, Wash said they were already talking about an Easter banquet.
The band consists of seniors Travis Hearne, Julie Spaulding, Andi Wash, Ashley Byers and Ben Allen, as well as junior Ashley Smith and freshman John Randall Towles.
The Fellowship of Christian Athletes Club meets once a month and is a student-led worship service.
The banquet is being spearheaded by Hearne and will include music, games, food and praise.
Brothers and former members of the FCA band, Dustin and Derek Ellis, will be returning home to take part in the banquet with performances.
Derek Ellis will be performing with the Christian band The Royal Knockout.
The FCA band will perform its Easter show and OCHS senior Corey Cobb will do standup comedy.
“(Cobb) is really funny,” Wash said. “He’s one of those very straight, a-line kind of kids, but his humor Is really funny.”
Hearne, a member of the FCA band since he was a sophomore, said after the success of the Christmas cantata, many people throughout the community approached him about putting together an Easter program.
“Me and Colton True are head of the youth at (Poplar Grove Baptist Church),” Hearne said. “I was sitting in guitar class one day listening to music and thought why not have a youth rally at church, have a place to play, invite the community and make it an event.”
Hearne’s mom, Mindy Hearne, said the students have some original music written for the banquet and each of the seven students has a tremendous talent.
“(Travis) has gotten a scholarship because of his involvement in FCA,” Mindy Hearne said. “(Spaulding) had an audition for American Idol. They’re just an awesome group of kids. They’re very good at what they play.”
The event is open to ages 12 and up and Travis Hearne said he hopes everyone will attend.
“It’s gonna be a great night of community worship, a good time to praise God and a good show.”
The banquet will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday at Poplar Grove Baptist Church, located at 10450 Hwy. 127 N., Glencoe.