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ST. IGNATIUS – Students with Cornerstone Faith Center’s youth group organized an event to celebrate the beginning of the school year on Friday evening at Cornerstone Pizza, and Blaine Street was closed off to accommodate the crowd with the mayor’s permission.

“We wanted to get the kids from school together to have fun,” said Nate Doll, student leader. “And let them know about our youth group. We have about 20 kids from Charlo and Mission in the group.”

Students climbed onto a stage in the center of the event to compete in the lip sync contest. Contestants each had a thumb painted gray to replicate a microphone. Korbyn Hernandez and Israel Lafrombois were the winners with their song “Call Me Baby.”

Curtis Evelo brought in a mechanical bull to see if students could handle an 8-second ride to win the championship. He used a hydraulic system to speed up the bull and simulate left and right turns. The bull was more aggressive with each round. Jesse Girsch took first place for the boys, and Austin Elverud took second. Brynn Pule took first for the girls, and Michaela Richter took second. 

“I held on tight and hoped for the best,” Jesse said.

JP Thomas, youth pastor, said that the church and local businesses donated to the event. Jeff Smyth parked one of his racecars on the closed-off street so kids could get an up-close look, and the church donated prizes. 

“The students planned this as a way to give back to the community,” Thomas said. “This is the second year, and they hope to do it again next year.”

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