Walnut Middle School Students to Perform with Young Americans

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Photo courtesy: Walnut Valley Unified School District Suzanne Middle School drama students rehearse alongside the internationally acclaimed Young Americans.  Over 2,000 students from eight schools will come together to perform Turn it Up So Cal on Dec. 1 at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario.

Photo courtesy: Walnut Valley Unified School District
Suzanne Middle School drama students rehearse alongside the internationally acclaimed Young Americans. Over 2,000 students from eight schools will come together to perform Turn it Up So Cal on Dec. 1 at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario.

Turn It Up So Cal 2015 coming December 1

By Kelli Gile

WALNUT – Thirty-five drama students from Suzanne Middle School have joined the phenomenal Turn it Up So Cal, a first-time ever event with the Young Americans.

“The Young Americans are an amazing and inspirational group. This experience has had a really positive impact on me,” said classmate Nada Dalati.

Over 2,000 students from eight Southern California schools and 250 internationally acclaimed Young Americans will come together and perform a one-hour show on Dec. 1 at the Citizens Business Bank in Ontario.

During two workshops held in the school multipurpose room in Walnut, the Suzanne students are learning three songs and choreographed dance routines for the performance from the Young American mentors.

“Seeing how excited my kids are and watching them interact with the Young Americans is amazing!” said drama teacher Helen Papadopoulos.  “This is an experience they will never forget, and neither will I!  I’m so proud of them!”

The Young Americans, a non-profit organization founded over 50 years ago, currently focuses on music education with talented members between the ages of 16 and 25.

The Suzanne students are eager to hit the stage for the Turn it Up event.

“It’s so much fun and I can wait to perform with all of my friends,” said eighth-grader Aidan Borgen. “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity!”

Tickets on sale for the 7p.m show at www.youngamericans.org.