Cowan play

The third-grade class at Cowan Elementary School delighted attendees on Nov. 5 at two different performances of an annual Veterans Day play held at the school. In a closing segment of the play, titled “We the People,” students had dressed as everyday “hometown heroes.” Here, Braden Clark (from left), Presley Angus, Layla Money, Wyatt Bolden, Mattie Britton, Alan Simmons, Miley Defoe, Jayson Solomon and Wendell Davis join hands to take a bow during their final curtain call.

The third-grade class at Cowan Elementary School recently delivered back-to-back stellar performances in two different showings of “This Is Our Country,” which was described as “a patriotic play honoring America and our veterans.”

Debuted on Nov. 5, the play was written by Cowan’s third-grade teachers, and their students’ performances brought standing ovations at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. showings. 

Dedicated to honoring America’s veterans, this year’s performance was strong and critically acclaimed.

The entire school was invited to the 1 p.m. show, and bleachers and chairs adorned the gymnasium inside the school.

Several of the rows closest to the stage were reserved for Franklin County’s honored veterans, and many attended the afternoon and evening showings. About 25 veterans were on hand earlier in the day, talking with students about how they served their country.

Also in attendance to the well-written and well-acted play were State Rep. Iris Rudder, R-Winchester, and State Sen. Janice Bowling, R-Tullahoma.

Special guest musicians also performed songs before and after each performance.

Artist Jason Lee Wilson performed at both showings, while artist Darryl Worley performed at the 1 p.m. event.

Franklin County High School’s Guitar Club also performed alongside Guitar Club leader Steve Sisk and FCHS student Peyton Garner.

Longtime Confederate Railroad band member and successful solo artist Cody McCarver performed for the veterans, children and visitors attending the evening performance.

Attendees were treated to a series of scenes which showcased American history and patriotism while reflecting a deep and genuine respect for America’s veterans.

Several standout performances brought forth gales of laughter and applause from attendees, and more than a few visitors were moved to tears during several of the more patriotic songs.

Masters of Ceremonies Presley Angus and Braden Clark did a thoroughly praise-worthy job of introducing each new segment of the play and also getting their share of laughter from attendees.

President Donald Trump was seen on the stage (played by third-grader Eli Ragland) and came complete with his signature haircut and a security escort.

Brayden Martin almost stole the show, however, when he performed a dance skit on the stage to the music of Blanco Brown’s “The Git Up” while dressed in the orange colors of the University of Tennessee.

After all the performances were finished and the actors and actresses performed their final bows, the gymnasium erupted in cheers.

Visitors were heard to remark that the play was one of the best they had ever seen and marveled at the talent shown by so many third graders.

Performing in the play were Brennan Taylor, Brayden Martin, Alan Simmons, Wyatt Bolden, Mattie Britton, Kenslie Watts, Presley Angus, Braden Clark, Layla Money, Miley Defoe, Brayden Owens, Caige Campbell, T.J Rhinehart, Ayden Adams, David Saylor, Marley Campbell, Jayson Solomon, Wendell Davis, Ansley Bohanan, Camey Sons, Juniyah Grimes, Anna Lynn Morris, Taylor Hoffmiester, Aly Stewart, Ivy Scott, Maddie Coker, Georgia Scott, Gus Acklen, Thomas Smith and Eli Ragland.

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