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Marblehead — The slogan “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas,” will not apply for members of the Jewel Tones and Luminescence. Marblehead High School’s two a cappella groups will head to the Las Vegas A Cappella Summit to participate in a competition and master classes, but there are strict rules as to how these two singing groups are to conduct themselves from Oct. 1-3 in Las Vegas. Although it helps that the drinking and gambling age in Las Vegas is 21, parents and MHS staff, including choral director Amanda Roeder and arts director Beth Delforge, addressed concerns.

Says Roeder, “It’s a busy schedule. They’ll arrive late Thursday night, and Friday will be the only free time they’ll have to do tourist-y stuff, like swim in the hotel pool. Friday afternoon through Saturday night will keep them occupied with Summit activities, and they’ll have workshops all day and concerts both nights before they fly home on Sunday morning.”

Katy Rein, an MHS senior who has auditioned and landed in Luminescence for all four years of high school, says there’s nothing to worry about. “We’re a well-behaved group.”

Roeder agrees. “They’re the nicest, most responsible kids I’ve ever worked with.”

The two groups will be attending the fifth annual LVAS with more than a dozen other high school a cappella groups, more than 250 students. This is the first year students from outside the state of Nevada have been welcomed to the summit, and Marblehead is the only non-Nevada school involved this year.

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