The Paw Print
Clint Pacheco, an Adams State senior and Monte Vista native, took part in the Adams State National Exchange Program and got a chance of a lifetime. He was a part of the program for the fall 2010 semester.
Pacheco used the exchange program to study at Tennessee State University where he was a part of the school choir.
The TSU choir was surprised when asked to perform at the 33rd Annual Kennedy Center Honors Gala on December 4. The students had no idea they would be performing for such an event because it was all kept a secret from them, until release forms had been signed.
The event honored top celebrities like President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, and Paul McCartney.
Before the performance, Pacheco felt excited and nervous. He said he was on an “adrenaline rush” and felt brand new. His robe was giving him difficulty before the curtains went up, but he did not let his little wardrobe malfunction affect his rush.
Throughout the performance, he felt calm and gathered, and after he still felt that adrenaline rush.
The choir sang “I’m Here’” from the musical The Color Purple in honor of Oprah Winfrey as TSU alumni.
Backstage, Pacheco worked with other A-Lister’s such as John Travolta, Chris Rock, and Jennifer Hudson. He said that security was tight, and they were only allowed to converse on stage.
Pacheco wants to encourage students to take part in the National Exchange Program. “It’s a great way for Valley natives to get out and see other parts of the world.” Pacheco is very thankful for his experience.
The Kennedy Center Honors Gala aired on television on CBS December 28.