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From left, CCS students Aaron Cervantes, Jesus Acuna, Jaxsen Villarreal and Conner Knapp follow their coach at the Young Americans concert on Saturday. (Johnson Publications photo)

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CCS seniors Stephen Johnson, left, and Sydnie Allen performed a duet from “High School Musical” during the Disney medley at the Young Americans concert. (Johnson Publications photo)

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Beau Weiss performs a solo during a Disney medley at the Young Americans concert. (Johnson Publications photo)

Young Americans bring excitement to Imperial

The Longhorn gym at Chase County Schools (CCS) was full of music and dancing Saturday night as 197 CCS students performed with The Young Americans (YA).
This is the third time the YA have had a workshop and performance with CCS students. The group gave one of its three-day Signature Workshops in November 2015.
YA, founded in 1962, is a charitable organization dedicated to the promotion of understanding and goodwill among people throughout the world through music, dance, performance, academic education and cultural interaction.
While the registration normally cost $59, Pom-Poms donated $25 to each student toward the cost. The total Pom-Poms donated was $4,925.
Of the 197 CCS students who took part in the program, 31 were on some form of scholarship: 10 were provided by YA and 21 were provided by the community.
“The generosity of this community is amazing,” local coordinator Jodie Liess said.
Liess, CCS vocal music teacher, also thanked the school and staff for being able to host the group as well as the flexibility of the schedule.
Students practiced with YA staff last Thursday after school, all day Friday and from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday to prepare for their performance that night with the full cast.
“Without these supportive parents and a supportive school and community, this couldn’t happen,” YA Director Nathan Schneider said.
Schneider is a former YA cast member, performing from 2004 until “around 2010.”

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