“Berea, Leslie, Powell, Rockcastle, Bell, Pulaski, Jackson, Clay, Knott, Estill, Lee, Breathitt, Perry, Owsley, Jackson Independent, Madison, Knox, Laurel! Class of 2017 - make some NOOOIIIIIIISSSSSSEEEEE!”
Imagine watching 5,000+ students from 18 Kentucky counties do the wave on command like they’d practiced it a million times before. Last Wednesday, August 29 at the Corbin Arena in Corbin, KY, this was our view. Facing the biggest audience we’d ever performed for, it was only fair that we matched the energy that the budding scholars gave us. We were honored to be a part of the event kicking off the Berea College CFES Scholars Program and we had a blast doing it! From the minute we arrived in Kentucky, we felt right at home.
After sharing the stage with country singer-songwriter, Chad Warrix, we joined the students on the arena floor for an impromptu dance party (set off by our very own DJ Kraff). As we danced, we eagerly posed for pictures, signed t-shirts and overhead conversations about how much fun students had, how inspired they were and how much they were looking forward to living out their dreams. The best part about it is - that inspiration and enthusiasm will be met with ample allies and resources. With the support of Berea College and their GEAR UP grant, thousands of students across Kentucky will have opportunities to shine and soar as they move onto to high school and beyond.
This trip was the perfect start to our fall 2012 tour. We’ll be unveiling the full schedule soon. In the meantime, check out the photos from our Kentucky trip here: http://on.fb.me/Tf3kFL