75th annual Singing Christmas Tree

Generations of West Cowboys Unite Under West Campus Singing Christmas Tree
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This week, the West Campus celebrated the 75th Anniversary of its annual singing Christmas tree. The tradition has been a constant in the community since 1941. “I can only imagine what it meant to the community, as the nation entered the war, to have this bright light during the holidays,” said Greg Cooke, executive director of the West Campus Singing Christmas Tree.
Approximately 80 voices were included in this year’s singing tree, including those from students in grades six through 12 at West Generation Academy and West Leadership Academy, as well as 35 alumni — representing six decades of West Cowboys. New this year was a multimedia element of the show, with video from alumni speaking about the significance of the singing tree in their own lives.
One alumnus shared his story about how the singing Christmas tree helped him rekindle his love for music after his pursuit of a career in that field was put on hold when he was drafted into the Vietnam War.

For West Leadership Academy principal Teresa Klava, this year’s performance represents unity for the West Campus, which is shared by West Generation Academy and West Leadership Academy. “We’ve gone through a lot of changes in the past five years, but the West Cowboys and the West Campus are still a part of our community –- and the tree exemplifies that,” Teresa said.


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Photography by Jim Guerra.