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We Day makes history at Key Arena

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Nearly 30 MTHS students were among 15,000 young people who gathered at Key Arena for We Day Seattle.

We Day, presented by Free the Children, is a movement, started in Canada, with the intention of inspiring young people to do great things in terms of community service and helping others.

The event on March 27 featured many performances and speakers from all around the world. Athletes, actors, singers, activists, and people with incredible stories to share all gathered to inspire youth from the Pacific Northwest on how they can make a difference.

The lineup of Speakers included NBA legend Magic Johnson, actor Martin Sheen, singer Jennifer Hudson, local rapper Macklemore, Seattle Seahawks players Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman, John Moffitt and Russell Okung, Youtube sensation Kid President, singer Nelly Furtado, Wash. Governor Jay Inslee, rapper MC Hammer, and many, many more.

Students say We Day was a day they would never forget.

Senior Erin Keating said “I thought We Day was magnificent. There’s no other experience like it.”

The energy was high all the way throughout the event. Attendees went particularly wild when surprise performer Macklemore and Ryan Lewis took the stage. The Seattle-based group performed hit songs “Thrift Shop” and “Can’t Hold Us” for over 15,000 screaming fans.

Keating recalled the high spirit of the event.

“The energy in the arena was incredible,” she said.

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The top leaders of MTHS were chosen to attend the We Day conference. Students from ASB, Inter-high, and Link Crew applied to attend.

One of the attendees, junior Tauren Kure said, “I feel so blessed to have gone.”

The event focused on many acts of charity and incredible works by young people from around the area.

“Seeing teens from all over who have made a difference in their community come together for a day was awesome,” Kure said.

This We Day was the first in the U.S. Founders of Free the Children Marc and Craig Kielburger announced the next We Day to be this fall, in Minnesota.

 

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Nick Fiorillo is the Editor-in-Chief of the Hawkeye and thehawkeye.org. This is Nick's second year of serving as editor. Last year, he led the Hawkeye in one of the organization's most dramatic transformations in decades, replacing the broadsheet newspaper with a feature based newsmagazine and an emphasis on online content.

Prior to serving as editor-in-chief, Nick was the local news editor during his sophomore year and was a staff reporter during his freshman year.

Nick was named as the 2014 Free Spirit Scholar from Washington state, and traveled to Washington, D.C. as the Washington state delegate to the 2014 Al Neuharth Free Spirit and Journalism Conference. He has received several state and national awards for journalism, including several JEA National Write-off Competition Awards. He was recently awarded the rating of "Superior" for Editorial Writing at the Spring 2014 JEA/NSPA High School Journalism Conference in San Diego, Calif.

His interests include journalism, politics, public policy, law and education. He plans on attending a four-year university and majoring in political science and social policy.

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