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The final rehearsal Wednesday for a combined high school and junior high choir.

The Mercer County school choir will be traveling to Washington D.C. on Friday to sing in a competition and attend the presidential inauguration.

Since August, this combined group of high school and junior high singers has been preparing for one of the biggest trips of their young lives.

Seventh grade alto singer Malia Mullen says, "I think it's a good experience for a 12 year old, like it's a once in a lifetime opportunity, like how many people can honestly say they've been to Washington D.C. for a contest."

She's excited to see the capitol and to work on her courage.

"I'm honestly scared to sing in front a of a lot of people especially big crowds, and so I'm really hoping to come back with bravery."

Choir director Susan Kenney says, "At first I thought there was no way I'm going to bring a group of kids to D.C., during this, but then the more I thought about it the chance for kids to see something like this."

She says the trip provides the students with a unique experience. They'll be judged by college professors and will see a president get inaugurated.

"A respect for the office of the president of the United States, I think with all the hoopla that goes on with the elections that kind of gets lost and the kids need to understand, that I think it's going to be one of those experiences that's just like wow," says Kenney.

She says the biggest challenge has been blending different skills levels in the choir. A task the students have taken to heart.

"It turned out it's been an awesome opportunity for both the younger kids and the older kids, it's been really neat to see the leadership role the older ones have taken," says Kenney.

Senior Soprano Kathryn Ricke says, "Not very many people get to go and see the president get inaugurated, it's just awesome."

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