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SGA helps fund ASB trip to Oklahoma

By Sara Silvestro

A guitar reflected light out into the audience as three Framingham State students laughed in between verses of their performance, “Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not?”

The country song made famous by Thomas Square was performed by seniors Alison Epstein, Scott Shea and sophomore Anthony Martel on guitar on March 6, during Alternative Spring Break’s “Y’all Ready For This.”

The laughter from both the performers and the audience may have been caused by the humorous gestures by both boys as they pranced around Epstein. A smile came across her mouth when Martel and Shea both got down on one knee as Epstein and Shea sang their duet about the question of the kiss.

Martel swayed his hips in an over-exaggerated circular movement as his fingers strummed the guitar, never missing a beat, despite his hilarious motives.

It wasn’t only the free-spirited laughter and talented young singers that was the gem of the night, but instead the motivation of doing the country show despite the limited number of performers due to the rescheduled date.

For Aubrey Glidden, a senior, this was her most confident show, but due to last-minute changes, she had to learn a few songs the day before the show.

Glidden revealed her powerful country voice while singing “Merry Go Round.”

“It was different from high school when I would perform,” said Glidden. “It was the first show that I didn’t feel like running off stage, and I wasn’t shaking.”

Each candidate, performing alone, in duets or in a large group, were all singing their country tunes in support of sending their fellow students to Oklahoma for Alternative Spring Break.

Buckley, Kaylan Gibbons, Glidden, Margarita Moran, Kelly Miller, Shea, Martel, and Epstein all made the country world proud with the all-too-familiar and defining low keys of country twang.

“Everyone had so much confidence and were comfortable on stage,” said Suellen Durkin, Epstein’s aunt. “This was the second show I’ve been to seeing Ally perform.”

Durkin’s daughter, Jolene, who is eleven years old, said her favorite song performed was “Red Ragtop,” where Buckley carried the audience in a gentle tune back to their past.

All of the proceeds from the event went to the Alternative Spring Break service trip to central Oklahoma. Students and members of ASB volunteered to do a full week of service with Habitat for Humanity.

According to Amy Jones, a sophomore and ASB trip leader, “Y’all Ready For This” raised $155 from tickets and $84.50 from donations. Any little bit helps to send students to Oklahoma to experience volunteering for a week, said Jones.

Also, money was raised through the purchases of flowers and water bottles for The Anthony Spinelli fundraiser. SGA will be sponsoring another event, “Gotta Switch It Up: Concert Fundraiser,” where 50 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Anthony Spinelli fundraiser on Apr. 10.

“It’s part of being a citizen – understanding that we all come into hardships, so it’s our responsibility to help in anyway that we can,” said Jones.



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