WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE) - In our new series School Cribs, we're taking a look at some of the awesome, creative and innovative classrooms around the area.
West Monroe High School's Orchestra
Next stop: West Monroe High School where kids are trading the classroom for the courtroom and pursuing their passions to make beautiful music.
Before you even walk inside John Jower's string orchestra class, you can hear it. Beautiful four part harmonies drift from the music room door.
"I didn't just fall in love with the violin, I've always loved the sound of it, but I fell in love with the class," says senior Anna Sanchez as her eyes light up. For her this isn't just a class, this is a passion.
Here students of all grade levels come together to create beautiful music.
"Violin, viola, string bass, and the cello," Jowers lists off the instruments.
Kids say it's a way to express themselves unlike any other.
"If I could just come to this class, I would just come to this class," Sanchez says.
For many of them, they've been working with the same teacher since middle school.
"I've been with this class for four years now. My fourth year on the violin," says Kobyn Malone. He's only a freshman. " I'm sure the seniors have been here for much longer."
The bond these students share makes them not only an orchestra, but a family too.
"I have been so blessed by this group. Even when they come up from the 6th and 7th grade. It's just a very rewarding experience. I love them, and I think they know it," Jowers says with a smile.
On the other side of the school, students are practicing a little law and order. Here in law studies at West Monroe High School students are trading the classroom for the courtroom.
"I decided to do law studies because I always had this little thought in the back of my mind that maybe, one day I might want to become a lawyer," says junior Magi Sumpter.
This multi-part course covers everything.
"Law I you learn criminal law, law II you learn tort law, and law III is family law," Benji Jones says.
Students prepare mock trials for competition where the act out every role of a court case from prosecution to witnesses, using proper court etiquette of course.
"When you're gesturing to the opposing side you always point, but when you're gesturing to your side you always point with an open hand," says Dalia El-Jiar.
Kids say this class has shown them the path they want to take in college and beyond.
"I definitely want to go to law school, become an attorney. Like criminal defense would be a lot of fun," Sumpter says.
From practicing the performing arts to preparing to enter law school, these classrooms are giving students a chance to pursue passions outside of the typical math, english, science and history. These innovative classes have earned West Monroe High School their showcase on KNOE's School Cribs.