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Pasco Students Go To The Olympics In China

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PASCO, Wash.-- For six students at Pasco High School, Summer 2008 means more than just time away from school. It means going on a trip they'll never forget.

"The fact that I get to go to China is huge, I mean it's a once in a lifetime opportunity," said Courtney Dodge, a member of the Color guard team at Pasco High School.

Joining Courtney Dodge are four other members of the Color guard team. Julie Talbott, Kelsey Johnson, Hannah Polomsky and Roana Howard.

They'll be performing at the opening ceremony at the summer Olympics. But they wont be alone.

Dallas Flowers says he's been playing the drums for five years but still has some more practice to do before the big day.

"I got this new piece, it's pretty challenging, it's nine pages, I have to spend more time on it, but I think I'll have it down before the trip comes," said Flowers.

Their next practice is in Seattle on May 17th. Where they'll join 600 other people from the Northwest performing at the games.

"I usually practice one to two hours a day on my music," said Flowers.

But it won't be all work and no play. As part of their two week trip, the students will get to visit the Great Wall of China, and get to watch one Olympic game of their choice. This honor is a first for Pasco High.

"I'm really proud of our students primarily for their hard work, and things they do on a day to day basis, I hope it turns out to be a huge reward for them," said Russ Newbury, Band Director at Pasco High School.

Each student is expected to raise $4,300 to pay for the trip. If you'd like to help them out, this Saturday April 26th, they're having a carwash fundraiser, at Little Partners in Pasco, in the Albertsons parking lot. All the money has to be raised by May 1st.