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Lady A to Play Free Concert for Tornado-Ravaged High School

"We were really touched by this," Lady A's Dave Haywood says.

You know how competitive high schools can be, especially in the sports world.

But a dozen or so high schools rallied behind a tornado-ravaged school in Indiana to try to get Lady Antebellum to play that school's prom. It worked.

Lady A announced the winner of its "Own the Prom Night" contest Tuesday (March 20). And the winner is Henryville High School in southern Indiana, which was battered by storms just days after Lady A announced the contest. Schools as far away as northern Wisconsin submitted videos pleading with Lady A to pick Henryville.

"We were really touched by this," the group's Dave Haywood said in announcing the winner.

So were the Henryville students, the Associated Press reports.

“It meant a lot to us and made a lot of people cry. Knowing there’s that many people out there that cared to give it to us instead of their own prom,” said 17-year-old Henryville junior Daniele Kats.

Lady A has a gig the actual night of the school's prom, so the group instead will play a free show for juniors and seniors in nearby Louisville, Ky., May 16. Then, Lady A will do a benefit show for the community.

Teacher Amy Fischmer, prom committee co-chair, says students were psyched that rival schools helped Henryville win the contest.

"It kind of reaffirms your hope in humanity," she said.

Henryville students will start classes again April 2 in a nearby town.


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