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ST. LOUIS (KSDK) – Thirteen Normandy High School students are on their way to sing at Carnegie Hall.

The choir was one of four schools across the country asked to perform at the world renowned hall this month. The school district is at the crux of a statewide debate regarding help and financing of unaccredited schools, which almost caused a problem for the trip.

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A group of private donors stepped up to pay for the $16,000 trip.

"These kids aren't unaccredited, neither are their talents and gifts," Duane Foster, Normandy choir director, said. "So, I think it is befitting of the group of kids that have endured such a crazy year."

Normandy senior Shakiyla Hughes said, "This is an opportunity of a lifetime and to share it with the people I'm sharing it with makes it all the more better."

Nine students were excited to fly on a plane for the first time.

They perform on the Carnegie stage Sunday night.

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