HAGERSTOWN - At 13 years old, he's already dreaming of a singing career.
E. Russell Hicks Middle School eighth-grader Alvin Muthoka said he'd like to pursue gospel music, or maybe hip hop. Alvin is in the school's chorus and said he hopes that enrolling in a new performing arts high school in downtown Hagerstown will help him hit the right notes on his way to a career in music.
The Barbara Ingram School for the Arts on South Potomac Street is scheduled to open in 2009.
If Alvin is accepted into the school, he will take academic courses at the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown.
Alvin and several other Washington County Public Schools students watched Thursday as Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan signed an agreement with the University System to use as many as eight classrooms. The memorandum of understanding lasts five years, and the school system will pay no more than $4,800 annually.