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Students at Dover School to Participate in Philly Thanksgiving Day Parade

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DOVER, Del. -- A group of students from William Henry Middle School in Dover will be participating in the annual Thanksgiving Day Parade in Philadelphia on Thursday.

The eleven choir students will be part of an ensemble of hundreds performing a medley of songs from the musical movie "Grease" during the 1.4-mile parade, which concludes at the Philadelphia Art Museum.

"It's a lot of work. We have to sing the choir part and then we have to do the choreography," said Kayla Crippen, one of the students participating in the group.

Reginald Daniel, director of the 5th and 6th grade bands at William Henry, helped the students practice the choreography and songs. He said the group has worked hard to get to this point. 

"I remember watching it growing up and seeing the big parade on TV so I think it's going to be exciting once they get there and see how big a deal it is," he said.

Student Isaiah Potter will have a small solo section in the performance after auditioning for the part. He pre-recorded that segment and acknowledged there are some pre-performance jitters.

"I can say I'm not nervous now, but everybody knows on that day I'll be pretty nervous so if I say I'm not nervous that would be a lie," he said.

The students said they're thrilled to put Dover and Delaware on the map, bringing to a television audience that will include millions of people in various TV markets.

"Dover is pretty unknown because a lot of people don't come here to become famous," said Jaylea Landfried. "They go to the big cities."

The parade kicks off about at 8:30 a.m. It can be viewed on FOX 21. For more information, go to

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