There’s more to these choirs than meets the eye

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This just in: Carmel High School Ambassadors ranked third overall in the most recent show choir rankings. With the competition season in full “swing,” anyone who has watched an episode of “Glee” knows not much stands in the way of the quest for the perfect set.Endless hours of preparation go into practicing each and every move as a group of 40 individuals transform into a well-oiled performance machine.

Almost every weekend during competition season, the CHS Ambassadors and the highly-praised all-girl competition choir, Accents,are followed by their adoring fans as they travel the Midwest circuit,always favored to finish top of the heap. Just last month, the Ambassadors were grand champions at the Homestead meet, performing their 2012 set impeccably.
As seems to be the case with many student groups at CHS, there is more to the Ambassadors and Accents than meets the eye. Juniors and seniors typically make up these competition choirs, and becoming a member of either is usually viewed as a crowning achievement in their high school careers. It would be perfectly understandable to assume January, February and March are all about competing. Do not make that incorrect, false and highly ill-informed assumption.On Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., the CHSthird-best-in-the-nation Ambassadors and award-winning Accents will be giving back to their community. A benefit concert for Kids against Hunger will hopefully generate $2,500 toward the worthy cause. The idea is to donate a portion of the ticket sale proceeds while giving the Carmel community members the opportunity to see for themselves the material responsible for the national ranking and worldwide acclaim.Not only will the charity receive cash from the concert, but the students are planning a work day to further support Kids against Hunger,as well as learn more about nutritional needs of children in our own backyard. Members of both choirs took it upon themselves to research and choose the charity to support, deciding this organization deserved their efforts.
According to Ambassador Club Presidents Mary and Jim Wiegand, “To encourage other students to take in the concert, we are pricing all balcony seats at just $5.” Tickets are available at the CHS bookstore and run from $5 to $15.
You will wonder what happened to the time between the curtain’s rise and fall, and I guarantee a special evening featuring great talent, exemplary youth and much, much less hunger.

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