Claire Cheng and Rachel Guo

Claire Cheng and Rachel Guo

On December 1, 2017, IHS Resonance partnered with IHS VAMS and MSJ Vams to host their yearly benefit concert. Students from around the district come to perform at Irvington High School, playing various instruments and singing. The Students in Action team has awarded Rachel Guo and Claire Cheng, IHS Resonance’s presidents, the first-ever SIA Jefferson Award for excellence in youth leadership in public service. They helped raise $2,200 for the Kefi Foundation for Hurricane Maria Relief.

About Resonance: 

Resonance started 7 or 8 years ago with the goal of having a yearly large-scale benefit concert. Each year, they pair up with other schools around Fremont to raise money through ticket sales for a chosen cause. It benefits both the student performers by giving them a chance to perform on stage in a professional environment while also giving back to the community.

Choosing the Cause:

Each year, the president hosts an officer meeting to brainstorm ideas for the focus of the benefit concert. First, they decide what direction they would like to go in, whether it is benefiting a natural disaster, cancer research, or music education. This year, they chose Puerto Rico because it was a current, prevalent issue that Rachel and Claire did not believe received enough support. Rachel and Guo was inspired by their government teacher, who discussed with them how Puerto Rico didn’t receive the same aid and relief as Hurricane Harvey and other United States natural disasters.

Surpassing Past Performances:

This year, the club was able to surpass it’s previous records and raised an astonishing $2,200 (compared to previous years which raised $1,000). They contribute their success to the increased involvement of other schools. In the past, Mission San Jose played a small role in the performance. However, this year, the Mission San Jose band and teachers played a bigger role by helping publicize auditions and the performance at their school. The wider reach allowed them to attract more attendants to the performance and increased ticket sales.

Future Goals:

In the future, they hope to sing and perform at the Aegis Senior Center regularly and expand to more small-scale events. They hope to host more courtyard concerts and a spring benefit concert with Lynbrook High School. Please check out their website to learn more about how you can help their cause!

Their Advice for Aspiring Service Leaders:

Starting a service project is going to take a lot of work, but do not be discouraged. In the beginning, you might not get the results you want, but it will become more successful with time. Also, don’t be afraid to ask for help and reach out to people. Be shameless in publicizing for your event and really go for what you want.