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Two Oregon High School students put on music festival for capstone project

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OREGON (WREX) — What projects do you remember most from high school? Maybe a long paper, or presentation comes to mind. However, there probably aren't many people who could relate to Claire Labash and Whitney Kirk who put on a musical festival and art show for their senior cap stone project.

The girls said their original plan was to revamp the city's farmer's market with live music and a crafting space, but that plan fell through. After days of stressfully scrambling, the two decided they didn't need farmer's market to create a space for local artists.

The two organized an art show at Cork & Tap and a live music space at Northside BarabQ.

Kirk says the projects was personal for her and Labash because they both participate in the arts at Oregon.

"Because of COVID, we've lost a lot of events and opportunities," Kirk said. "In choir we have to stand six feet away from each other and we've missed choir concerts."

Kirk and Labash say the project help them handle stressful situations and how to handle situations when the first plan falls through.

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William Ingalls

William Ingalls is the weekend reporter at WREX. He joined the team in 2019 as a photographer after graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and English from Augustana College. William was born and raised in Rockford and went to high school at Christian Life.

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