FAIRMONT, W.Va.- On Saturday, East Fairmont High School hosted performances by The Elizabethan Chamber Singers, My Fair Ladies, Freshman Choir, Women’s Choir, Men’s Ensemble and Concert Choir.
It was the final production of choral performances under the direction of Marvin “Skip” Wilson, which many of the community members state that he is an icon in the East Fairmont choral and educational community. Wilson announced his retirement earlier this year.
More than 300 Fairmont residents and East Fairmont Alumni came out in support of Wilson retirement and showing impact that he has had on the community.
“He is just a person with integrity, and just a mentor, and he’s been there through so many trials and tribulations for all of his students and I am sure several others can attest to that. So, he has given us lessons that we can carry on with us for the rest of our lives,” said Barbra Bowyer, East Fairmont High School Alum of 2006.
Wilson said during the choral show, because he had so many kids trying out, “I wanted to give the kids more chances, more opportunities, that’s what teachers do, we give kids opportunities and chances to excel, to be the best they possibly can, and if you aren’t that kind of teacher maybe you should find a new line of work.”
Alumni stated that Wilson has pushed all of his students to do their best no matter what, strive for more, and to never stop dreaming.