The Alaska State Ferry that was supposed to transport the students to Juneau for the Southeast Regional Music Festival had broken down. Over the course of three days, students wrote letters to the State Representative, Dan Ortiz, and celebrities like Oprah and Ellen Degeneres. Social media pages started with posts that helped spread awareness about the problem. The response from the State Representative and community members alike were strongly supportive of the students. Alaska State Ferry officials later announced that the Leconte would be rerouted to pick up students from southern Southeast Alaska.
Senior Chasina Klein said she is glad to know that the trip is back on.
“Hearing that we would be able to go, is just incredible,” said Klein. “Knowing that our hard work paid off, in just three or four days.”
The Music Fest students will be traveling to Juneau on April 12.