WEEKI WACHEE — Weeki Wachee High School — now with ninth, 10th and 11th grades — has established two societies in its music department: Tri-M Music Honor Society Charter 6233 and Thespian Troupe Charter 7600.
The Tri-M name refers to Master Music Makers.
The music group is overseen by band director Mike Miller and co-sponsored by chorus director Morgan Burburan. She is the adviser for the thespian group.
The school is only in its second year and is adding organizations as it grows. To be selected as a member of the music honor society, students are required to have a 3.0 or higher unweighted grade point average. Students must have completed their freshman year and have an A in at least one music class and no lower than a B in any other music class.
Music classes available at Weeki Wachee include three choirs, guitar and musical theater, all taught by Burburan; Miller teaches piano, music theory, music appreciation and two band levels.
"Between the two of us, we have 12 music classes that are offered," Burburan said.
Students also have extracurricular music options. Miller directs the marching band and jazz bands. Burburan directs the Vespa Harmonia or "Hornets in Harmony," a vocal jazz group. They are assisted by Nature Coast Technical High School graduate and community member Keith Meccia.
"He donates hours upon hours to our programs," Burburan said.
The Tri-M Music Honor Society's student officers are president Alexis Pletincks, vice president Sabrina Luescher, secretary Courtney Jones, treasurer Alisha Robinson, historian Gabriella Napalitano and parliamentarian Lauren Ballard.
The music group is service-oriented, Miller said. The group strives to assist the school and community "in any way we can," he said.
An ongoing project is campus cleaning, and the students hope to provide music tutoring to neighboring Winding Waters K-8 students.
The qualifications for the thespian troupe are at least a 2.0 grade point average and 10 points earned from theatrical experience or leadership. That group, Burburan said, "provides refinement and performance opportunities outside of the classroom."
The student leaders of the thespian group are president Lexi McDaniel, vice president Gabriella Napalitano, secretary/scribe Andriana Callahan, treasurer Sabrina Luescher, librarian Alisha Robinson, historian Candice Morito, public relations coordinator Joemy Nolasco and parliamentarian Vanessa Moore.