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Livingston High School Students to Sing with Queen Latifah at the Super Bowl

Marilyn Lehren

Saturday, February 1, 2014 • 10:40am

LIVINGSTON, NJ - It’s already the most-watched event in America, but between this being New Jersey’s first Super Bowl, the ads and the game itself, there is yet another good reason to tune into the Super Bowl, at 6:14 p.m. to be exact--that’s when Queen Latifah will sing “America the Beautiful,” as part of the televised Super Bowl pregame show with--three LHS students, Irena Chiang, Isha Battu and Robin Shafto singing with her.

“I was speechless when I heard,” said Chiang, who performs with the New Jersey Youth Chorus with fellow Livingston High School students Isha Battu and Robin Shafto. “My mind is still blown away.”

The students sing with the New Jersey Youth Chorus, an auditioned choral program that caught the ear of Queen Latifah. She invited the 60-member choir to join her in song at MetLife Stadium. For the Livingston students, it will be a full weekend of festivities, with a dress rehearsal at MetLife and performance on the “Super Bowl Boulevard," where they perform a 30-minute concert Friday at 7:30 p.m. in New York’s Times Square.

“I’m ecstatic for Sunday,” said Chiang. “And Queen Latifah, come on!”

That alone is reason to cheer, but Livingston's schools have also been catching Super Bowl fever with their own “Souper” food drives to help tackle hunger and poverty.

While the game features the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos, at Mount Pleasant Middle School, where students donated cans of soup for a local food pantry, there have been students wearing jerseys for the ultimate New Jersey dream bowl -- Giants vs. Jets.

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