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NEW YORK CITY (KSDK) – Thirteen choir students at Normandy High School are taking the stage at the world-renowned Carnegie Hall on Sunday night.

The students flew out of Lambert International Airport for New York City on Friday morning.

We've heard lots of stories about Normandy's struggles, from its status as one of Missouri unaccredited districts to its financial woes.

But thanks to nearly $16,000 worth of private donations, the kids are able to take a trip of a lifetime.

"These kids aren't unaccredited," Duane Foster said, "neither are their talents or their gifts. So I think it will be fitting of the kids to endure such a crazy year."

The choir director says the kids have spent the past three and a half weeks rehearsing.

They also have four more rehearsals set up in New York before the big night.

The group plans to sightsee a bit – including a trip to the Empire State Building – before returning Monday afternoon.

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