Standout Crestview seniors to take love of limelight to college


Pals and performers Wesley Barlow and Angeles Alexander goof around for the camera.

BRIAN HUGHES | News Bulletin
Published: Friday, June 6, 2014 at 10:37 AM.

Editor's Note: Each graduation season, we look back on a senior arts student's accomplishments. This year, as has happened in the past, two students stood out.

CRESTVIEW — Before twists of faith pushed each into the limelight, seniors Angeles Alexander and Wesley Barlow never thought about performing in public.

Wesley was a wrestler in middle school, placing at state competition in his native Arizona. When he moved to Crestview, wrestling for Crestview High seemed like a natural continuation.

Then he got bitten by the performing arts bug and joined Crestview High's jazz band, where in addition to playing piano and percussion he performed vocals.

Meanwhile, Angeles' older sister, Alexis, wary of a potential scene-stealer, begged her to avoid the drama program where Alexis had found her niche.

Angeles instead turned to the chorus, inspired by a high school chorus performance she saw while attending Shoal River Middle School.

"There came a part where someone had a solo and everybody went crazy," Angeles said. "I was like, 'I want to do that.'"

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