Jodie Riche, a vocal music and drama aide for Junction City High School, was one of six Shining Stars for the month of April 2017. Geary County Schools USD 475 awards the Shining Star several times a year to individuals who exceed expectations in the areas of service to the district, professional achievement, community service, and impact on the perception of the district.
In addition to her duties as a vocal music and drama aide, Jodie maintains the music library, inventory, uniforms/costumes and financial records. She also takes the time to travel as a chaperone to make sure all those things run as smoothly as possible. Jodie works diligently with both the fall play and the spring musical; taking care of the ticket sales, programs, props, t-shirts and stage management. This allows the teacher/director to teach and coach without managing the production. Jodie does all of this to benefit students and allow them to perform at their best.
As the Flag Line Coach, Jodie creates both flag routines and choreography for the students. She also makes costumes and props for their performances. Jodie schedules and leads many early morning practices so students can perform to the best of their abilities. When the Junction City High School competed in a past marching band contest, the flag line received a 1 (Superior) rating in their caption, earning high praise from the adjudicators.
While she seeks no personal recognition for the achievements of the students, she works with and coaches the performances of these students on a state and national level to create a great deal of positive recognition for Junction City High School. – JCHS Performing Arts Department