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Shartrand also used the event to encourage students to work in a professional learning community that infuses critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity to promote a connection with other students with the same interests.

"We're the conduit to make the connection," she said.

Shartrand said she hopes to increase the participation in coming years from 30 to 60 students and has been asked to make connections between the high school and middle school with this program, bringing a similar program to a younger audience.

Ben Wagner, a junior at Scotia-Glenville High School, said he first became interested in playing the guitar through video games like Guitar Hero. He has now moved onto influences like Muddy Waters and Buddy Guy for inspiration.

"Life would be incredibly boring without music," said Wagner. "Playing fills in the blanks."

Joya Clark, a senior who would like to attend Norwich University upon graduation, said that she plays her acoustic Harmony guitar for relaxation after years of watching others play at Camp Fowler in Lake Pleasant. For her, the expo taught her better ways to take care of her guitar and meet others with an interest in her hobby.

"Music is a part of life. You can't understand life without music," said Clark.

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