High School Chorus Gets 2012 Olympic Nod

School needs to raise $250,000 to send students to the Olympics in London

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    Singing students at John Ferguson High are headed to London for the 2012 Olympic Games. (Published Tuesday, May 17, 2011)

    It's a huge honor for a Miami-Dade high school. John A. Ferguson's chorus has been invited to perform at the Olympic games in London next year.

    "It's amazing. It's a once in a lifetime experience," sophomore singer Jennifer Gomez said.

    John Ferguson's chorus was the only public school in the nation chosen to represent the U.S. with their voices at the 2012 games.

    Select singers are heading to the 2012 Olympics to do what they do best - show off their talents for the world to see.

    They sealed the deal by sending in an audition tape.

    "I didn't think they would choose us after we sent in the tape," Gomez said.

    A trip for the kids to go to the Olympics doesn't come cheap. Chorus director Ryan Ellis said it will cost about $250,000 to send 40 students to the Olympics.

    "So our fundraising goal is $250,000," he said confidently.

    In a week, the students are having a concert to help raise money to pay for their trip across the pond. Even if all the money is raised, some singers, like Kevin Dorta, won't be able to go.

    Dorta graduates this year.

    "It's an honor to represent the country, regardless of whether or not I go," he said. "It's amazing to be part of something like this."

    But the seniors will not be forgotten in London.

    "This is their legacy -- for their school and community," Ellis said. "We have the opportunity because of them."

    To find out more about the concert, log onto http://ferguson.dadeschools.net/ for contact information. If you would like to make a donation, call Choir Director Ryan Ellis at (786) 877-2529.

    The concert is May 24 at 6 p.m.