LIMA — For twins Jayden and Jaylen Donald, their love of music could result in bigger and better things.
“Jayden and Jaylen are both sophomores and are involved in our top group called Masterworks. Next year, they’ll both be in Masterworks again and Jaylen will be in Spartanaires, which is a small group that’s pulled from Masterworks and both of them will be in our show choir, Scarlet and Grey, so obviously they’re very active in the music department. They are definitely leaders in the choir room and just great kids overall, a delight to have in my classroom,” said Amy Phillips, director of choral music at Lima Senior High School.
Phillips has nominated the twins to participate in the Ohio Ambassadors of Music tour, as that group will tour Europe.
“Ohio Ambassadors of Music is a program that is through Voyager’s International, which is based in Colorado. They have been around for 49 years and they work with 40 different states to take groups to Europe. The great thing about the trip is that it gives them the opportunity not just to go and be a tourist in Europe, but also to sing in some really great venues, and there’s a band and orchestra that get to play in some great venues,” said Phillips.
The Donald twins are stoked about going on the trip and are using their jobs at McDonald’s on Harding Highway to help pay for the cost of the trip.
“I was like, this was such a wonderful opportunity and I’m so proud of myself and thankful for the opportunity that I’ve received to be able to go on such a trip,” said Jayden Donald.
“I feel great. As I talked to my mom [Delta Madden] she was like, this is a once in a lifetime chance Jaylen, if you have the opportunity to do this, you need to do this and it sounds like the most amazing thing,” said Jaylen Donald.
Both young men will try to raise the money themselves through work and various fundraisers that are being planned.
The opportunity to perform with the Ohio Ambassador of Music was not only given to the Donald twins, but others as well from Lima Senior.
“I actually nominated 48 students from Lima Senior, and I chose students based on not only their ability but also their attitude in my classroom as well as taking students on a 16-day tour of Europe, you want to make sure you have kids with you that you can depend on and who are trustworthy,” Phillips said.
Not everyone who is nominated can afford to pay for the trip, according to Phillips, a trip which could cost several thousand dollars.
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