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CHS treated to High School Nation event
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Ji Hae Lee of the band Blush performed with her group, one of four who took the stage on the Ceres High football field on Monday. The rock singer is from Korea. - photo by Jeff Benziger

A rock band stage and booths gave the Ceres High School football field an aura of a county fair for teens Monday when High School Nation rolled into town.

Ceres High School was one of only 15 schools selected in California, Nevada and Arizona to be visited by the traveling event which featured four bands, fun activities and promotional tents. The event was intended to celebrate music and the arts and highlighted fine arts, film, fashion, photography and journalism.

Booths included an Xbox tent where students could play recent video games, free tie-dye Tshirts and pick up free sunglasses from Tillys. At the Guitar Center booth students had a chance to play electric and acoustic guitars.

Music groups that performed included Blush, a five-member girl pop music group composed of five members from the Phillipines, India, Honk Kong, Japan, and South Korea. They are the first Asian group to have its debut single hit the top 3 on a major US Billboard Chart. Also performing were Shinobi Ninja, a rock band from Brooklyn known for high-energy performances and eclectic sound, blending music genres such as hip-hop, metal, reggae and rock. Stamps, a pop-rock band based out of Los Angeles, also sang.

For the past 10 years, High School Nation has worked with thousands of public high schools and middle schools, building relationships with their students and staff. High School Nation began with a focus on providing free lunchtime concerts for students across the country, and has grown into a facilitator for talented student artists. High School Nation provides opportunities for teens to express themselves through the arts, while also learning first-hand from established artists in performing, digital, and fine arts.