CAMP HUMPHREYS -- Where there is a beginning, there also is an end. That is the circle of our life. Before closing this year, the Humphreys American School hosted its end of the year performance May 9 near the front entrance of the Middle School. Due to expected inclement weather, the concert was moved one day earlier.

Although it still rained a bit, many parents and HAS students came to watch the showcase had been preparing for four weeks. For the students who performed, it was a good opportunity to not only show their talents to the audience, but also to make pleasant memories. The concert began with the prelude "Bossa de Cancun," by the Jazz Band. This was followed by monologues, choir and other bands. "The Circle of Life," which was the theme, was played at the tail end of the showcase.

In spite of bad weather, the audience seemed to enjoy the show and gave the students a big round of applause after each performance. "I'm here to see my son play saxophone," said Sgt. 1st Class Anthony S. Langley, assigned to 4-58th Airfield Operations Battalion, about his son Dylan, a 6th grader. "I'm very proud of him. He's learned a lot spending time in the band. I think it was very good and meaningful performance."

Yoon Saemee, a 7th grader, who played flute in the band said, "Personally, it was pretty exciting. You know, we showed our talent with performances like band, monologues and choir to many people." Teachers have mixed emotions about the performance and the nearness of the end of the semester. "I am so blessed," said Susanne Wall, the HAS music director. "I have wonderful students. And for the showcase, teachers and students worked together and supported each other. It was wonderful. But, on the other hand, I feel sad because I have to say goodbye to many students."