Williston Middle School Orchestra returns from Washington with several awards
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Last week we brought you the story of the Williston Middle School Orchestra leaving for the inauguration festival and parade. Thursday they returned home. The students were invited to play during the Inauguration Heritage Festival. During the festival, they were judged against other bands and orchestras and won several awards, including a trophy for Best Performance. The students and staff also attended the inauguration parade, an experience they will never forget. "I don't really know a word to use for it because it was really fun - it was great," said orchestra member Abibaton Ndiaye. Pat Long, the orchestra director said, "It's beyond words. It took your breath away - brought you to tears - brought you to your knees." The students said they had the time of their life and met people from all over the world while watching the parade. They didn't see President Obama in person, but did see his limo ride by on the parade route.

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I hope these young people know how proud this community is of them. They did an outstanding job and will always have these memories throughout their life to share with others. They will become leaders one day themselves.