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The Young Americans find hidden musical talents in students at District Five

Irmo, SC - Their mission is to inspire students across America to attain self-confidence, self-esteem and respect for others through music, dance and performance. That message from The Young Americans rang out loud and clear during their visit to Lexington-Richland School District Five.

Five members of the performing group, ranging in age from 20 to 24, toured various schools throughout District Five on October 19 to share who they are and invite students to a special workshop they can be a part of in February.

“Our story is pretty simple,” said performer Jake Loomis. “We want to inspire students here in District Five and across the country. We know how much value is placed on performing arts and music education, and we want every student to feel like he or she is important, and be the most confident individual they have ever been.”

Loomis and the four other Young Americans split up trips to Chapin Intermediate, Chapin Middle, CrossRoads Intermediate, Dutch Fork Middle and Irmo Middle. At each stop, the performers had a “sing-off” where each would alternate singing lyrics from popular songs on the radio. After they finished, a lucky student had the chance to let their vocal chords be heard.

“Music and students are our passion. This is why we do what we do,” said performer Maddi Stanford. “We were blown away by the energy and eagerness to participate from students in District Five.”

For music educators like Irmo Middle’s Lorrie Turner, this was an experience that meant so much.

“My students see me every day so for them to have these young adults come in who are passionate about the same things they are – and travel the country performing, it means so much to me and to them,” Turner said. “We can’t wait for their return in February!”

The Young Americans will make their trip back to District Five for a special workshop with students in February. On February 18 and 19, the Young Americans will begin set up and practicing with interested students which will culminate in a live performance on February 20 at Irmo High School.

“This is what it’s all about,” said performer Jonah Buckels. “We cannot wait to return and build a performance with students from District Five. It will be an experience that we and they will never forget!”

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