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Flame pleases NCCS students, teachers

CHAMPLAIN - The band Flame performed at Northeastern Clinton Central School Feb. 12 to kick off the students' February break.

The world-renowned band is composed of members with various disabilities, such as autism and Down's syndrome. Their disabilities, however, do not get in the way of their ability to rock.

The group is an amazing combination of vocal, musical, and rhythmic talent. Michelle King, the lead vocalist, made jaws drop with her powerful voice, belting out classics like "Tutti Frutti" and "Shout."

"I love performing at high schools because it really rocks," said King.

David LaGrange, percussion, astounded NCCS with the sound he created on the drums, despite being blind. The dancers who make up Flame - Shawn Lehr, Debbie Woodruff, and Karl Blanchard - undoubtedly stole the show. The energy they had on stage got people out of their seats and dancing - students and teachers alike.

From the first note that was played, Flame's energy was electrifying. They played an array of classic songs, including "Sweet Home Alabama." The variety of their selections got a diverse group of students up and dancing.

Flame's performance at NCCS allowed the students to forget about their studies, let loose, and just have fun. Their performance will long be remembered by the students as "the best assembly ever."

Alyssa Menard is a student correspondent from Northeastern Clinton Central School in Jessica Mehrman's journalism class.

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