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KHS students shine at Circle of Lights

Kokomo High School junior Noelle Duncan and alumni J’lan Stewart recently represented KHS in a live televised performance at the 2023 Circle of Lights in downtown Indianapolis . The two sang the song, We Wish You The Merriest by Idina Menzel. It was a very memorable performance and has given them both recognition as young talented singers from Kokomo, Indiana. 

Duncan has already made her name known at big events such as the IHSAA state basketball and football games singing her rendition of the National Anthem. She is a member of the show choir and has been in musicals held in and outside of Kokomo High School. While she has been performing all of her high school career, this was her first professional appearance. Being able to do it with her best friend made it even more special. 

“The experience was incredible,” Duncan said. “I loved performing with J’lan. This was a big step for us and getting to do it together was amazing.”

Stewart is a 2023 KHS graduate. While in high school he was a member of the show choir, and starred as Buddy the Elf in the Kokomo High School production of Elf in December 2022. He just recently performed the song The Impossible Dream with the prestigious National Songbook Academy. 

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“It was an amazing experience. It was so great to be able to perform with such a talented and spectacular person, and to share the stage with the person I care so greatly about,” Stewart said.

The process for them was fairly simple. They sent in an audition video of them singing a holiday song of their choice, and submitted information about themselves. Then, after waiting two weeks, they got the call saying that they won a performance spot for the Circle of Lights celebration. 

“We had a producer meeting, and had to get everything approved. Then we had a sound check the day of the performance,” Duncan said.

Both Duncan and Stewart performed with such joy and passion for their art. They blew the crowd away with their extreme vocals, and made Kokomo very proud. 

You can find their social media accounts @noelle.duncannn and @lewisjlan. 

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Alayna Kline, Reporter
Alayna Kline is a 15 year old sophomore at Kokomo High School. This is her first year on staff for the Red & Blue. She is a part of the Kokomo Dance Team, and she spends most of her time with her team. When she is not at practice she is involved in Student Council and enjoys hanging out with her friends.
Amelia Duncan, Reporter
Amelia Duncan is a sophomore here at Kokomo High School, and is 15 years old. She is involved in three clubs at KHS: Student Council, Girls' League and Kats Together. Beyond the school hours, Amelia spends most of her time dancing. She is a devoted dancer outside of the school, and plans to dance in her career life. This year she decided to join the Red & Blue staff to be more informed about what's going on in school. She's very excited to support her school this year in a new, fun way and hopes everyone likes her stories!
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