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CHS Sandpipers recognized for performance with Foreigner

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On Wednesday, August 9, 25 members of the Chesterton Sandpipers performed with the legendary rock band Foreigner on stage at the Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island in Chicago, Illinois. The band is currently on their celebratory 40th Anniversary Tour as they honor their hit songs over the past four decades.

Kristin Morris, CHS Sandpipers director, entered the group into a contest in May and learned in mid-June that they had been selected to be the featured choir to sing back-up with the band on the classic “I Want to Know What Love Is.” LiveNation was able to provide the 25 members plus their five chaperones and the director free entry to watch the concert before they went on stage for their big moment.

“It was an amazing experience,” Morris said. “I had tears in my eyes as I stood back stage and got to see those students up there, with such an amazing band, in front of thousands of people! This was truly a once in a lifetime opportunity and I am so blessed that this will be something these students are able to remember for the rest of their lives.”

Students were both excited and nervous as they lined up backstage waiting to go on. “It was definitely a once in a lifetime experience and an absolutely incredible moment,” said junior Sandpiper member Ben Larimer.

“It felt kind of surreal because you don’t ever think you will have the opportunity to sing with a classic rock band like that. But it was unbelievable and I am so grateful for the opportunity,” said junior member Elle Hodge.

The Indiana State Senate and Senator Karen Tallian from District #4 also sent a congratulatory note, along with a Certificate of Recognition and Achievement for representing Indiana as part of Foreigner’s 40th Anniversary Tour.

Duneland School Corporation, Chesterton High School and members of the community are very proud of these hometown kids and their commitment to music and love of performance. Congratulations to these students on being selected and honored by Foreigner.

Sandpiper members participating were Agia Amezcua-Bone, Eric Amling, Calvin Anders, Sidney Augustyn, Connor Boren, Zachary Bryant, Emily Coleman, Bethany Collins, Emily Conway, Logan Ginther, Maddy Haskell, Emma Healy, Elle Hodge, Rebecca Lane, Benjamin Larimer, Alec Malenfant, Steven Mayersky, Sage Rodriguez, Priscilla Sabourin, Caroline Scheidt, Mackenzie Simmons, Jordyn Soffa, Jaeden Taylor, Anthony Watkins and Elizabeth Watts.



Posted 8/16/2017




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