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High School Mariachi Helps Students Earn College Education
To perform with the traveling group, students must try out. Students in the top group are well versed in playing the violin, guitar, trumpet and the "guitarron" — a large six-string guitar used by mariachis. Some students also must sing.
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In this Sept. 29, 2013 photo, members of Wenatchee High School's "Mariachi Huenachi" program perform outside CenturyLink Field prior to a Seattle Sounders MLS soccer game in Seattle. Officials say the program, created to connect children of farmworkers in the heart of Washington state with their heritage, has helped students center themselves and has even raised graduation rates. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

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In this Sept. 29, 2013 photo, members of Wenatchee High School's "Mariachi Huenachi" program perform outside CenturyLink Field prior to a Seattle Sounders MLS soccer game in Seattle. Officials say the program, created to connect children of farmworkers in the heart of Washington state with their heritage, has helped students center themselves and has even raised graduation rates. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

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In this Sept. 29, 2013 photo, Ramon Rivera leads his students in Wenatchee High School's "Mariachi Huenachi" program during a performance outside CenturyLink Field prior to a Seattle Sounders MLS soccer game in Seattle. Officials say the program, created to connect children of farmworkers in the heart of Washington state with their heritage, has helped students center themselves and has even raised graduation rates. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

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In this Sept. 29, 2013 photo, members of Wenatchee High School's "Mariachi Huenachi" program perform outside CenturyLink Field prior to a Seattle Sounders MLS soccer game in Seattle. Officials say the program, created to connect children of farmworkers in the heart of Washington state with their heritage, has helped students center themselves and has even raised graduation rates. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

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In this Sept. 29, 2013 photo, members of Wenatchee High School's "Mariachi Huenachi" program perform outside CenturyLink Field prior to a Seattle Sounders MLS soccer game in Seattle. Officials say the program, created to connect children of farmworkers in the heart of Washington state with their heritage, has helped students center themselves and has even raised graduation rates. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

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In this Sept. 29, 2013 photo, members of Wenatchee High School's "Mariachi Huenachi" program perform outside CenturyLink Field prior to a Seattle Sounders MLS soccer game in Seattle. Officials say the program, created to connect children of farmworkers in the heart of Washington state with their heritage, has helped students center themselves and has even raised graduation rates. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

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In this Sept. 29, 2013 photo, members of Wenatchee High School's "Mariachi Huenachi" program perform outside CenturyLink Field prior to a Seattle Sounders MLS soccer match in Seattle. Officials say the program, created to connect children of farmworkers in the heart of Washington state with their heritage, has helped students center themselves and has even raised graduation rates. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

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In this Sept. 29, 2013 photo, members of Wenatchee High School's "Mariachi Huenachi" program perform outside CenturyLink Field prior to a Seattle Sounders MLS soccer match in Seattle. Officials say the program, created to connect children of farmworkers in the heart of Washington state with their heritage, has helped students center themselves and has even raised graduation rates. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

High School Mariachi Helps Students Earn College Education

To perform with the traveling group, students must try out. Students in the top group are well versed in playing the violin, guitar, trumpet and the "guitarron" — a large six-string guitar used by mariachis. Some students also must sing.

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