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Bel Canto Choir Performs at US Citizenship Ceremony

Bel Canto practices in preparation for their performance at the US Citizenship Ceremony.

Bel Canto practices in preparation for their performance at the US Citizenship Ceremony.

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HMS BEL CANTO choir live from the US citizenship ceremony. 4560 new United States Citizens from 120 countries around the globe!

Posted by Huntington Middle School on Wednesday, September 20, 2017

On Wednesday, September 20, 2017, the Bel Canto Choir took a bus to the LA Convention Center in Downtown LA, where they performed the National Anthem for the U.S. Citizenship Ceremony.
Last year, Bel Canto performed for the Citizenship Ceremony for the first time and got invited back to perform this year. This made it easier for Bel Canto students to know exactly what was going to happen based on last year’s experience.
The U.S. Citizenship Ceremony was where people who immigrated to the U.S. from other countries were sworn in as citizens of the United States. There were about 11,000 people who were at the ceremony. Over 4,000 of them were immigrants who were getting sworn in, and the rest were friends and family members.
Bel Canto performed the Star Spangled Banner near the end of the event, after watching the immigrants recite a speech to get sworn in. They also watched our president Donald Trump give a speech congratulating the immigrants and a music video of a rendition of “America.”
“It took a lot of effort, determination, and practice to get to the point where Bel Canto could perform at the LA Convention center for the people who earned their citizenships,” Chloe Yuan (7) said.
After their performance, the Bel Canto members were treated with free breakfast at Twoheys. The students had a reserved part of the restaurant and a small menu of selections to choose from.
Students could choose from cranberry juice, orange juice, pancakes meal, or a farmer’s skillet. The majority of the kids picked pancakes, however, a few decided to eat the skillet.
Once they finished the breakfast, students hopped back on the bus to make it back in time for fifth and sixth period classes.
“It was heart touching to see all the families support their loved ones who were becoming citizens and it was really fun,” Athena Stamus (7) said.

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