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Dierkhising enjoys final ride on the PRAHS stage

After 30 years of teaching, Choir Director LouAnn Dierkhising directs her students in her final performance with the Park Rapids Choral Department.1 / 2
Singing "The Joint is Jumpin'," the Park Rapids Area High School performed at the spring choir concert on Wednesday, May 20. Other classic tunes included "Route 66," "Seven Bridges Raod," "Take Me Home Country Roads," "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," and many more. (Photos by Kevin Cederstrom/Enterprise)2 / 2

The Park Rapids Area High School Choral Department presented in cabaret-style the spring choir concert, "Life is a Highway," on Wednesday, May 20. The two-performance evening carried extra meaning as the final concert for director LouAnn Dierkhising who was recognized for her 30 years with the department. Dierkhising is retiring as choir director but will remain with the school district as a special education teacher.

"It has been 30 memorable years. Looking at past pictures, the concerts, the solo and ensemble contests, the trips and the many other performances are all great memories - all hopefully with a good amount of learning and sense of accomplishment," Dierkhising said. "We have such talented and involved students. They really do want to set themselves up for success as well as experience good times together. Our students are the reason we teach. Thanks PR for being so supportive of the arts. It's been a great ride!"