MWAH, or Messages Which Are Hopeful, performed for Galesburg High School on Monday, October 5. /Copyright 2015 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
Recent fatal car crashes were at the forefront of an emotional performance at Galesburg High School.
The school hosted a performing arts troupe to further the conversation about hard hitting topics like bullying, staying positive, and losing loved ones.
MWAH!, or Messages Which Are Hopeful, is made up of young performers sharing real life messages. Their performances are tailored to each school. Galesburg schools have experienced loss over the last few years. Car crashes claimed three young lives. Another student took his own life after being bullied.
MWAH! shows feature audience participation, and parents of the students who have passed away shared their stories.
"There has been so much loss and tragedy at this school, and others, that I just wanted to help.I don't want to see people hurt, so I do what I can to try to make it better." said Angie McCarthy, whose son, Tyson Twitchell died in a car accident.
"I'm asking you, as a mom who's lost her son, to please ask for help when you need it," said Jennifer Higgins, whose son took his own life after being bullied.
These stories helped MWAH! portray a powerful message of knowing the impact each person has on everyone around them.
"The whole main message is really like accept yourself, know yourself, and love yourself," said Justin Smusz, a performer with MWAH!
"I hope that students can at least take away just like try to be a better person. If you see somebody being bullied or somebody not treating somebody else too well, um, stand up for them," said Sophie Michael, another MWAH! performer.
1500 students at Galesburg High School watched their show, and took away some powerful messages.
"It helped put it into the light of losing people and then banding together as a community," said Nathan Laake, a sophomore at Galesburg High School.
"It really hit home in several different aspects, and it just made me realize that not everybody's alone in situations," said Haley Stevenson, a junior at Galesburg High School.
This is the second time MWAH has come to Galesburg to perform for students, and the principal hopes that they can come back again in the future and share the same message of self acceptance and asking for help when you need it.
Mwah performs for schools all around Illinois, they've even come to the Quad Cities three times in 2015 alone.
And if you think they should come to your school, their booking website can be found at mwah.net.
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