Royal Palm Beach’s Education Advisory Board enjoyed more than just a presentation by Royal Palm Beach Elementary School Principal Tracy Ghettie on Monday, Nov. 14. The bells of the Bobcat Ringers also gave a beautiful performance of the national anthem.
Ghettie began by introducing her school’s first Dwyer Award-winning teacher, Katherine Kovalsky, the music teacher at RPBHS. “When it was announced, you would have thought we were at a rock concert,” Ghettie said of the cheers and shouting that came in celebration of the achievement.
Kovalsky then stepped up with 10 students ready to perform “The Star-Spangled Banner,” which is one of three pieces they shared at a Veterans Day ceremony on Nov. 15. At that event, the Bobcat Ringers also performed “Aura Lee” and “America the Beautiful.” Between songs, the students change positions so they can play different bells — both high pitch and low pitch.
“One of the things that makes Royal Palm Beach Elementary very special is that many of us have our own children who attend school at Royal Palm Beach Elementary,” Ghettie said. “My family is all Bobcat alumni. Every year, we have a special parade, and we invite all of our Bobcat alumni who are graduating either from high school or college to walk the halls, and it really is one of my favorite days …