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Former student sings the praises of Southwestern
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Thursday, March 20, 2014 11:00 AM
Whitney and David Campbell performed Wednesday during career week at Southwestern Elementary School. The couple has been touring the Midwest as a country music act for the past year. Whitney is a 2007 graduate of Southwestern High School. Preschooler Myles Monroe, 3, got a chance to dance with Whitney during the show. (Staff photos by Seth Grundhoeferfirstname.lastname@example.org)
Judy White's classroom turned into a foot-stompin' concert hall Wednesday when one of her former students - now a professional singer - returned to school to share career advice with young students.
Whitney Campbell and her husband, David, performed their country music act for students as part of the Southwestern Schools' career week.
Whitney Campbell - formerly Whitney Hamilton - is a 2007 Southwestern High School graduate and former cross-country runner at the school.
Now, she and her husband are touring the country performing.
On Wednesday, the duo performed and discussed being a musician with Southwestern students.
"We don't really call it a job, but this is kind of our job," Whitney told the classroom filled with dancing kindergartners and preschoolers.
"We get to drive around and sing for people," she said.
The Campbells have been performing together for a year, mainly touring the Midwest, but they just finished a tour that took them to California.
"We got to see so many cities," David said of the 10,000-mile tour.
They mostly play for adult crowds, so they added some new songs for the elementary school students - "Under the Sea," "The Itsy Bitsy Spider" and "If You're Happy and You Know It" - into their regular repertoire of pop-country music.
Whitney told the students that when she was a student at Southwestern she dreamed about her future.
"Those dreams seemed so unreachable at the time," she said between songs. "But you just keep dreaming. Keep reaching."
White reached out to her former student when she heard the Campbells' cross-country tour was ending around the time of career week.
"They were thrilled to give back to the students," White said. "It's good for the kids to see that once upon a time, she was right where they are now."
Whitney said it was an honor to perform a show at her old elementary school.
"There are so many memories I have here," she said. "I was so honored they would think of us."
On Friday, the duo will play at Brown County High School where Whitney's sister works in the special-needs program. The Campbells often perform to help special-needs groups and organizations.
"That issue is near and dear to my heart," she said.
On Monday, Southwestern Elementary School brought in author and illustrator Devon Kondaki to talk to students. On Tuesday, Heather Foy discussed health and fitness.
Glass blower Seth Bickus will share his vocation with students today, and Bill Tereshko will end the school's career week on Friday with a presentation. Tereshko, a Hanover College professor, will discuss exercise science with students.
PHOTOS: Former student sings the praises of Southwestern
WOW. You two are so awesome. This story brought TEARS to my eyes. Such a beautiful story reaching out to children as well as where you went. What a Story!!!
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