Students at the center organize a light show for the community | News


John Maupin, a 15-year-old student at Madison Central High School, loves the Christmas season.

For as long as he can remember, Maupin has been to see light shows in Madison County, Lexington, and other parts of central Kentucky.

For six or seven years, Maupin wanted to build his own light show for the holiday season.

This year, he finally made his dream come true.

“I was going to do it last year, and I just didn’t have time with school and stuff. But this year I decided I was going to start and this is the first year.” , Maupin said.

Maupin started working in September this year to host the light show.

The teenager said he woke up early before school to work on it and continued to turn on lights and sync songs after school.

“It was a learning curve. I tried working at it two or three hours a day. Honestly, for me, I watched a lot of YouTube videos and read books on how to program the computer. for the light show, ”he said. noted. “And from there I experimented to figure out the transitions to sequencing and things like that.”

Young Maupin’s show was synced to 12 songs, which equates to a 45-minute show.

“I’ve always been interested in electrical engineering and that sort of thing, as well as the computer side of things, and I thought that would be cool to set up,” he said.

It’s a good thing he enjoys it, he added, as sequencing the light show with transitions and songs takes around 12 and 15 hours each, or around 144 hours of total work.

Not only does the show have lights, but Maupin has included inflatables, wire frames, animated lights, regular lights, and “every kind of Christmas decoration you can imagine.”

Maupin plans to overtake his job next year with more than three times the lights, and a special surprise for those who attend the shows.

“It was awesome, we saw 50 to 75 cars a night. I mean it was pretty crazy and definitely exceeded my expectations,” he said.

Her own expectations aside, Maupin’s mother Jennifer said she couldn’t be prouder of her son.

Previously, Jennifer Maupin said it was amazing to see her son donate to the community.

“There are nights he goes out and makes hot chocolate for everyone, or brings them candy canes. I tell him, ‘You know, you’ve done so much,’ and he just says, ‘I just want to everyone have the best Christmas. ‘ He has such a big heart, a heart so much bigger than I could ever have hoped mine was. “

The light show takes place this week from Monday to Friday from 6 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

After Christmas, the show will continue every day until New Years Eve from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The show is located at 413 Doubletree Court.


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