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CLTC 8, day 11

Posted on 08/12/2016 @ 03:15 PM

Shabbat Shalom from CLTC 8! Today, teens are preparing for Shabbat. Between services, Havdallah, and Shabbat programming, each chapter is busy planning something special. As teens get everything ready for their final Shabbat at Beber camp, you can feel the excitement running through them:

"I am having such a great time, and I am beyond excited for our second Shabbat! I really love my BBYO family!" Emily Cohen, Greater Jersey Hudson River Region.

"The amazing thing about CLTC is that it truly brings out the best in everyone." -Hannah Sohn, Great Midwest Region.

"I love Shabbat at CLTC because it is so meaningful, and I love spending time with my brothers and sisters." -Skylar Selkin, Eastern Region.

"Shabbat at CLTC is so special. Coming together as a community is amazing, and spending Shabbat with all my new friends is incredible. I wouldn't want to spend it any other way!." -Simone Steinberg, Greater Jersey Hudson River Region.

We are looking forward to bringing in a new and meaningful Shabbat!

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CLTC 8, day 10

Posted on 08/11/2016 @ 09:00 PM

Good evening from CLTC 8! Today, teens had the chance to reflect on the different skills that they have been developing over their time here. In a discussion within their chapter, they were pushed to think about what kind of "Game Changer" they strive to be once everyone returns home. Everybody can 'change the game' in some way- the first step is motivation and a little positive thinking! After their discussion within their chapters, teens wrote letters to their future selves, which will be mailed to them in six months times. With any luck, everyone will be well on their way to reaching their goals when they receive them!

"Today we learned how to stay humble and persevere." -Mya Zabari, Miami Region.

"Today's chapter program really helped us bond as a chapter and further our program planning skills." -Jacob Chimerine, Nassau Suffolk Region.

"At CLTC, I have made friends that will last a lifetime, and I will never forget this special journey." -Briana Schwam, Eastern Region.

"It was so great to find out that everyone liked my chapter's program about being positive. Our chapter's hard work definitely paid off." -Jacob Baumstein, Eastern Region.

"CLTC has honestly been amazing. The friends I am making are great, and the opportunities that I'm given to be a leader here are priceless." -Simone Steinberg, Greater Jersey Hudson River Region.

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CLTC 8, day 9

Posted on 08/10/2016 @ 08:45 PM

Good evening from CLTC 8! Over the course of the day, three out of the five chapters were able to lead the program that they have been working on together. It was great to see all of the hard work that went into planning process turn into successful programs! Many of the skills that teens have been developing over the past nine days were put into practice. All three of the programs received positive feedback from the participants, and the teens who planned them:

"Being at CLTC has been so much fun, but also challenging. Planning a program with everyone in my chapter has been eye opening because I am able to combine my skills with other people's skills and create something wonderful." -Brynn Backer, Eastern Region.

"My chapter worked together really well to plan our program. Everyone was very open minded, and the program came together really quickly. Planning this program has raised the level of trust in our chapter." -Tyler Bardfeld, Liberty Region.

"The program my chapter is planning is innovating, motivating and interactive. I am so happy to have been a part of this planning process." -Danielle Orgad, Big Apple Region.

We're really looking forward to the final two chapter programs tomorrow!

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CLTC 8, day 8

Posted on 08/09/2016 @ 08:30 PM

Good evening from CLTC 8! Today, teens spent time as a chapter in their classrooms, in order to continue planning their chapter programs. With the help of their advisor, each chapter is responsible for creating, and then later leading a one hour program for their peers. Many of them are excited to put the skills they have learned to the test:

"I honestly feel like being at CLTC has improved my leadership skills so much." -Jackson Norber, North Florida Region.

"Today, I helped my chapter plan a cool song that we will sing in front of everyone. I'm so excited to see how it turns out!" -Jonah Dross, Northern Region East: DC Council.

"CLTC 8. New friends, mock chapters, good times. Never want to leave." Haiku by: -Elizabeth Goldblatt, Great Midwest Region.

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CLTC 8, day 6

Posted on 08/07/2016 @ 08:15 PM

Good evening from CLTC 8! Today, teens were happy to hear that the Maccabia games are back for session 8! Teens were split into four teams: green (Ireland), red (Bulgaria), blue (Argentina), and white (France). Each country that was represented is partnered with BBYO on an international level. Teams were able to compete in many top tier events including trivia, Israeli cooking, silent lunch "Shoe Golf", and an Amazing Race. However, winning the challenges isn't the only way to earn points for your team- team spirit also counts! Later this evening, teams will be competing in a lip sync battle. Having our Maccabia day competition take place during the 2016 Olympic Games helped create a spirited and exciting atmosphere. Take a look at what teens have to say about Maccabia thus far:

"Maccabia has been a great bonding experience with new people who I haven't talked to yet. It also improved bonds with friends I've already made. -Jacob Chimerine, Nassau-Suffolk Region.

"Maccabia rocks! I'm so happy I got to participate, our team is really close!" -Taylor Lansey, Greater Jersey Hudson River Region.

"So far, Maccabia has been amazing. I got to lead a team, and being put in a leadership position helped me learn so much. It's great to be competitive on different teams, but coming together at the end of the day was great!" -Simone Steinberg, Greater Jersey Hudson River Region.

We're excited for the day to continue!

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CLTC 8, day 3

Posted on 08/04/2016 @ 08:45 PM

Good evening from CLTC 8! Now that the teens have had the chance to settle in, they are able to focus on all of the fantastic activities and skill sessions that are being offered. Today, participants rotated between three different sessions. They all had the chance to participate in programs that focused on chapter identity and decision making. Teens were also able to gain new perspective on Jewish music in a song session led by our song leaders, Brian and Julia. Many of the teens had very positive experiences in each program:

"I really liked the song session because I felt like I could let loose and dance." -Dylan Selkin, Eastern Region.

"I loved being able to learn about other chapters across the order. Learning about different problems and successful chapters gave me good ideas to bring home." -Lior Rafalovitz, Great Midwest Region.

"During our rotations today, I was able to bond with my fellow Alephs and BBG's. We've already started learning so much." -Alison Purcell, Lonestar Region.

"Today we talked about our chapters at home, and how we could improve them. It was very interesting and helpful, and I can't wait to bring these idea's to my chapter." -Julie Cooper, Northern Region East: DC Council.

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CLTC 8, day 2

Posted on 08/03/2016 @ 08:30 PM

Welcome to CLTC 8! With the start of a summer program comes fun, excitement, and plenty of new faces. Teens arrived to camp yesterday evening in time for dinner, an exciting nighttime song session, and an opportunity to meet the other participants in their rooms and mock-chapters. Everyone is feeling good about the twelve day adventure we have just begun! Take a look at what some of the participants had to say about their first full day:

"I'm looking forward to reaching new goals together, with my new brothers and sisters." -Taylor Lansey, Greater Jersey Hudson River Region.

"I'm excited to take advantage of all the opportunities that CLTC has to offer. I'm sure the best part will be creating lasting friends and memories." -Ethan Millstone, Northern Region East: DC Council.

"So far, CLTC has been full of surprises. I can't wait to make great new friends, and learn how to be a successful leader." -Emma Herman, Northern Region East: DC Council.

"I can't believe that I have already started bonding with the other Alephs. Meeting Jewish teens from outside my region has been great." -Sam Bloom, Evergreen Region.

"My bond with BBYO has already grown stronger. I'm excited to get to know all of my new sisters and brothers here." -Emily Doctor, Lonestar Region.

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Copy of CLTC 7, day 10

Posted on 07/28/2016 @ 09:45 PM

Good evening from CLTC 7! Over the past two days, each of the chapters were able to lead the program that they have been working on together. Teens were able to test the leadership, communication and team building skills that they have been developing over the course of CLTC. All of the programs were successful, and the teens had a lot to say about them:

"My chapter did a globalization program, so we could teach everyone about BBYO on an international level. I was excited to hear the positive feedback that everyone had!" -Jamie Friedman, Eastern Region.

"It was amazing to see everyone's program come together so successfully. I'm happy that we got to experience this." -Lexie Herman, Mid America Region: Kansas City Council.

"My chapter worked super hard to plan our program. By the end, we learned how to collaborate with a big group. We came together as a chapter, which made us closer." -Zach Blickstein, Great Midwest Region

"Planning this program with my chapter has allowed me to break out of my shell, and has taught me how to speak in front of a group." -Nicki Miller, Lonestar Region.

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CLTC 7, day 8

Posted on 07/26/2016 @ 09:00 PM

Good evening from CLTC 7! Today, teens were given the chance to hash out the details of their chapter program during planning time in their classrooms. With the help of their advisor, each chapter is responsible for creating, and then later leading a one hour program for their peers. Many of them are excited to put the skills they have learned to the test:

"I love that CLTC is a place where I can be myself, and not be afraid of getting judged. It makes learning so much easier." -Miriam Weinraub, Rocky Mountain Region.

"Since I've been at CLTC, I've made such good friends. We feel comfortable enough to cry with one another, and we also motivate each other to do better." -Matthew Zachem. Greater Jersey Hudson River Region.

"So far, I've had a great experience at CLTC. I've made such good friends, and I am learning so much! -Jenny Katz, North Texas Oklahoma Region.

We are so excited to participate in all of the chapter programs!

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CLTC 7, day 7

Posted on 07/25/2016 @ 08:45 PM

Welcome to day seven at CLTC 7! During their Skill Session rotations, teens were able to focus on Jewish Leadership, knowing your audience, and program planning. In the afternoon, teens had the opportunity to hear about BBYO's different movement priorities: Stand UP, Speak Up, Globalization and Voice your Vote. Each chapter will be planning a program based on one of those priorities. The chapters competed in an exciting "Jello Jousting" tournament in order to decide which chapter would plan what program. One member was chosen to represent their chapter in the tournament. In order to play, each participant must balance Jello on the end of a long spoon, with their other hand held behind their back. Once the tournament began, the teens tried to knock the Jello off of their opponent's spoon without dropping their own. The event was both exciting and entertaining for everyone.

With over half of CLTC behind us, many of the participants are starting to shape their experiences into skills that they can bring home with them:

"Today I went to a session on proper program planning in a chapter, and it was amazing. It helped me grow the energy and passion I have for programming." -Miriam Weinraub, Rocky Mountain Region.

"So far, I have really enjoyed CLTC. Meeting new people and learning about BBYO has been so much fun." Garrett Getlin, Great Midwest Region.

"Today, I was taught how to plan a meaningful program while still make it fun. That is such an important skill, and I'm happy I got to talk about it." -Grant Kramer, Lonestar Region.

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CLTC 7, day 6

Posted on 07/24/2016 @ 08:30 PM

Good evening from CLTC 7! Today, everyone was in for a huge surprise when the Maccabia games was announced! Teens were split into four teams: green (Ireland), red (Bulgaria), blue (Argentina), and white (France). Each country that was represented is partnered with BBYO on an international level. Through a series of competitions including trivia, Israeli cooking, silent lunch "Shoe Golf", and an Amazing Race, teams competed for points. However, winning the challenges isn't the only way to earn points for your team- team spirit also counts! Later this evening, teams will be competing in a lip sync battle. Take a look at what teens have to say about Maccabia thus far:

"I'm really enjoying Maccabia at CLTC. It's fun to be competitive, but I also like how Maccabia is more about having fun, growing friendships, and becoming leaders." -Brad Gallop, Kentucky Indiana Ohio Region.

"Maccabia has been a really fun way to meet new people and become stronger leaders, while participating in super fun competitions." -Julie Grossman, Rocky Mountain Region.

"Team spirit has been my favourite part of Maccabia so far. I've been cheering all day and my voice is almost gone!" -Naama Rosen, Southern Region: Dixie Council.

"Today has been such a great day. From the competitions, to spirit and sportsmanship, everything has been amazing. It was an incredible learning experience to be a team captain, and I had so much fun." -AJ Katzenstein, Great Midwest Region.

"I'm so happy that we got to do Maccabia. My team got to represent Bulgaria which was exciting, and my voice is almost gone from cheering so loud!" -Jamie Friedman, Eastern Region.

We can't wait to finish off the night with more exciting activities!

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CLTC 7, day 3

Posted on 07/21/2016 @ 09:00 PM

Good evening from CLTC 7! In the second full day of the session, teens had the opportunity to rotate between three different activities. They all had the chance to participate in programs that focused on chapter identity and decision making. Teens were also able to gain new perspective on Jewish music in a song session led by our song leader, Josh. Many of the teens had very positive experiences in each program:

"I really liked the program about chapter health. It was very interesting, and it made me excited to teach my chapter at home about everything I learn at CLTC." -Sammy Shatzkin, Manhatten Region.

"My favourite part of the day was when we learned how our Jewish values really effected my decisions." -Jamie Friedman, Eastern Region.

"Today, I had a great time learning new songs with the friends I've made at CLTC. I'm excited to sing all the songs we learned on Shabbat." -Rachel Tabin, Lonestar Region.

"It was helpful to learn about the differences between a healthy and unhealthy chapter. I'm excited that I got to hear about different chapters from across the order." -Jenny Katz, North Texas Oklahoma Region.

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The Rise of Jacob Remels AZA

Posted on 07/20/2016 @ 09:00 PM

It is day 8 of CLTC 6 and day 4 of the existence of our chapter, Jacob Remels AZA. All members are effectively doing their assignments in order to have an amazing program and presentation at “CLTC presents.”

Last Friday, we had elections and chose our Godol, Andy Kotz. So far we have seen outstanding leadership as he makes sure all board members and committee members are attentive while they accomplish their work.  He is also heading the banner committee. The banner includes a combination of Remels AZA colors and the Israeli flag.  Other committees in our chapter include song committee, shirt committee, Shabbat committee, and the programming committee.

Last Saturday we planned a Havdallah service to remember. It included tea light candles that spelled out “CLTC”, and spotlighted many members of our chapter talking about who they were before BBYO and who they have become as Alephs. We concluded the service with singing B’ttzelem Elohim and Sweet Mother.

Minutes later, the cheer circles began. “ALLO MAYA ALLO MAYA,” shouted thirty Alephs as we shared how proud we are to be in BBYO. Then we heard, “ identity. Identity. Who am I a BBG,” as the BBGs proclaimed their love for BBYO and BBG.

Two days later Monday evening arrived and we participated in the March of the Living program. We learned about the concentration camps of the Holocaust and the various efforts that the Nazis used to exterminate the Jews. Shortly after we were shown a video that helped show us how important Israel is to the Jewish people. The video showed that teens went on an emotional roller coaster as the trip transitioned from Poland to Israel. The program inspired many of us to attend MOTL in the future.

Yesterday, we had a Maccabiah color war. The four teams represented countries that BBYO partners with. There was White Israel, Blue Argentina, Green Bulgaria and Red UK & Ireland. Activities for the day included group relays, team spirit, team songs/skits and cheers, and finally electives that included sports and activities like Family Feud. In the end, Margaux and Stephen led team Israel to victory.

Finally, the night ended with an International Convention launch party. Over 2500 teen leaders from all across the world attended International Convention this past year. Dallas, TX is hosting IC this year and numbers are expected to increase.

CLTC is fantastic and to all parents reading this I hope you will share our experiences and stories with your friends and their kids as well as your own children

Fraternally submitted with undying love for Jacob Remels AZA #6 and CLTC 6 2016.

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Day 8 of CLTC 6!

Posted on 07/20/2016 @ 09:00 PM

Today was another day filled with laughs and great memories. We started the day off with a meaningful Shacharit (morning service) centered on our different traditions and bringing them together as one community. Every day I have been enjoying CLTC even more. The chapters worked diligently on their programs for today as three of them were presenting them to the group today. We learned about the dangers of gossip, sang songs with Julia and Brian, and learned about Jethro. Today's value was inter-faith relations and the teens were stunned to find that so many religious texts were so similar to the Torah. We all celebrated national lollipop day by trading lollipops and funny stories. Here is a quote from one of our friends at CLTC 6!

"CLTC is an experience of a life time and I'll make friends that last forever"- Eric Weiss

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CLTC 7, day 2

Posted on 07/20/2016 @ 08:45 PM

Welcome to CLTC 7 at Beber Camp! Our first full day at camp has been very exciting, with so many new faces and people to meet. Teens arrived to camp yesterday in time for dinner, an exciting evening activity, and an opportunity to meet the other participants in their rooms and mock-chapters. Everyone is feeling good about the twelve day adventure we have just begun! Take a look at what some of the participants had to say about their first full day at camp:

"It's crazy that it's only the second day! I feel like I'm already so close to the friends I've made. The programs so far have been so much fun, and I have started to gain confidence. CLTC is a perfect way to come out of your shell." -Carly Kahn, North Texas Oklahoma Region.

"I'm excited to be here at CLTC. I can't wait to see what's in store for me." -Brad Ross, Great Midwest Region.

"Even though I'm tired, I'm too excited to go to sleep! Everyone I've met so far is so nice." -Gabby Parker, Pacific Western Region.

"It's comforting to know that everyone here is in the same situation as me. We're all here to make friends, and learn about leadership and BBYO." -Jacqueline Kaplan, Mid America Region.

It looks like we have an exhilarating twelve days ahead of us!

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Day 7 of CLTC 6!

Posted on 07/18/2016 @ 09:00 PM

Hello it’s Margaux and Amanda here again reporting to you from week two of CLTC 6! Today, as chapter of the day again, we took on the challenge of creating an engaging and meaningful atmosphere throughout the day. To start of the day, we raised the American and Israeli flags, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and singing Hatikvah. Our value of the day was "Lifneu Iver Lo Titen Michshol", which translates in English to “do not place a stumbling block in front of a blind man”. We interpreted this as helping others, so as our action of the day, we asked the participants to do good deeds for others during the course of the day. At flag lowering, we asked what they did, how it made them feel, and if someone helped them.

For the main portion of the day, we rotated between three electives: Parliamentary Procedure, Jewish Leadership, and Asking for Help. After these rotations, we moved into electives, which all related to various forms of communication. Margaux learned about interpersonal communication and how to properly use social media in your chapter, and Amanda learned about public speaking and facilitation. In interpersonal communication, we learned how to communicate with others in a kind but direct way while still getting our message across. We practiced using I statements in specific scenarios. Our social media session was all about the different ways to use social media in your chapter in order to communicate information, engage current members, and gain new members. Public speaking taught us how to appeal to your audience and gave us skills that can help you when speaking to a large audience. Lastly, the facilitation session taught us how to run a program or meeting for a large group of people and gain attention through respect from the group.

To end this jam packed day, we finished with an emotional program about March of the Living. This program is a two week program starting in Poland and ending in Israel. In Poland teens tour many historical Holocaust sites and finish by exploring through Israel. If you would like to learn more about this amazing program, check the BBYO website for additional information.

Well, that’s all for today, thank you again for checking in and don’t forget “Fish are friends, not food! CHOMP”.

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Teen Poems at CLTC 6

Posted on 07/16/2016 @ 10:00 PM

Today we had our first chapter program. As part of the program, the participants were asked to write in their journals about where they come from and about their past. Here are two beautiful poems written by two of our amazing teens!

I am from guitars, from Fenders and Martins. I am from the farmland vastly expanding. (Dry, brown, mostly deserted) From long nights dancing in the fields. I am from the grapefruit, trees, and grape vines. I am from Pesachs and laughter, from Kasanoff And Hirst and Brody and Etter I am from the arguing and leaving. From have faith in all, yet live to thrive on your own. I am from the dimly lit Shabbos candles, burning slowly to the bottom. I am from Texas and sweet tea and pecan pie. From siblings stick together because people always leave. I am from fake smiled family, pictures and empty tears and coffee spilled on the floor. These moments encourage and inspire. I am my own person, searching for my way.

~Neely Kasanoff

I am from videogames, from UTZ pretzels, and sodium-chloride. I am from the hill on top of Laurel Acres, at sunset and sunrise. I am the thriving sunflowers that constantly rise and rise every year as if G-d’s hand pulls them up. I am from short pass-overs then Afikomen hunt, hazel eyes, and hammy-downs of my father’s, preceded by his. I am from a hyper-active child looking for a long-lost soulmate come a 12 house neighborhood. Soft pretzels, brownies, and pie, all catch one’s eye as they approach my South Jersey. From the Kidney Stones of my dad’s to the stepping stones of a new house, I sift into a tensive state of mind. I am of those moments, the roller-coaster of life, right when everything hits the drop, an underlying reassurance tells you it is going to be alright.

~Zachary Snider

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Shabbat Shalom from CLTC 6!

Posted on 07/15/2016 @ 06:00 PM

Today Kohav Zahav BBG #712 was the chapter of the day.

Because we were the chapter of the day, we were tasked with decorating for Shabbat and planning the Shabbat services as well as Shabbat activities. One of the activities involved writing positive messages to each other on a piece of paper. Everyone is starting to bond with one another and become one Jewish community. Since today was the day that we all had elections for our mock chapter boards, the Hebrew word of the day was “elections”.

Shabbat Shalom from Kohav Zahav BBG!

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Jacob Remels AZA: The Origin Story

Posted on 07/14/2016 @ 09:00 PM

Before CLTC, we were brothers that were not united. Now we are brothers for life in Jacob Remels AZA #6.

Our CLTC chapter is named after Jacob Remels, an Aleph from Douglas Loeb AZA #1521 who tragically passed away 6 months ago. While sitting in our mock chapter discussing potential names that we could call our new home, our brother Aleph Zac Fleishman proposed naming our chapter in his honor. Zac and Jacob were best friends and Jacob really inspired him to go on CLTC.

Once we had a chapter name we discussed how he also went to CLTC 6 last summer, which prompted us to make that our chapter number. We needed a mascot and we used the Cardinals, which is the school mascot of Jacob’s former high school. We also used the colors of the University of Texas, burnt orange and white, as our chapter colors. These are also the colors of Loeb AZA.

In keeping this honor we are going to mail our CLTC chapter banner to Jacob’s heart and home of Loeb AZA and to further the honor we are going to make memorable experiences for everyone at CLTC 6 2016. After coming back from CLTC 6, Jacob told Zac that it had been “the best 12 days of his life”. We believe that the biggest tribute we can pay to Jacob is by making sure that our 12 days at this program are the best they can be.

Fraternally submitted with undying love, we forever remain the Alephs of Jacob Remels AZA #6.

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CLTC 5, day 10

Posted on 07/14/2016 @ 08:40 PM

Good evening from CLTC 5! Today, teens started preparing for CLTC Presents, which is our end-of-session talent show. On Saturday night, everyone will get the chance to show off their talent. It looks like there will be a large variety of acts, including singing, dancing, instruments and comedy. Not everyone has to perform, as it will be just as enjoyable to watch your friends present their acts. Here's what some of the participants had to say while they were rehearsing:

"For CLTC presents on Saturday, I will be playing 'landslide' on my guitar. I'm excited to play, but also a little nervous." -Sydney Albert, Northern Region East: DC Council.

"I'm excited for CLTC presents because I'm going to be telling jokes. I'm excited to spread laughter and joy to the entire CLTC community." -Daniel Morgan, Northern Region East: DC Council.

"My friend and I are going to perform an act together during CLTC presents. I'm excited to show the CLTC community what we're all about!" -Jordan Robinson, Michigan Region.

"I'm so looking forward to performing with my friends, because it will be a great experience to share with them!" -Alexa Brown, Eastern Region.

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