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MVHS alumna Jenn Blosil headlines benefit concert for MVHS stabbing victims

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Orem's Jenn Blosil, an "American Idol" top 14 finisher, performs two original pieces at the Utah Valley Magazine Fab 40 party on Thursday afternoon. (Photo by Dave Blackhurst)

Orem’s Jenn Blosil, an “American Idol” top 14 finisher, performs two original pieces at the Utah Valley Magazine Fab 40 party in March 2016. Blosil was named one of Utah Valley Magazine’s Fab 40 in 2016. (Photo by Dave Blackhurst/UV Mag)

If you go…

When: Monday, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m.
Where: MVHS, 665 Center St. in Orem, Utah
Cost: $5 pre-sale or $7 at the door for students; $20 pre-sale or $35 at the door for families
Site: mvhs.alpineschools.org

Jenn Blosil started off the year taking the American Idol stage, but she is ending her year on a more familiar stage in her hometown.

The top 14 contestant on the final season of “American Idol” is headlining a benefit concert at Mountain View High School in Orem, Utah — her alma mater — Monday night at 7 p.m. The benefit concert is on behalf of the five victims who were injured in a stabbing at the school’s boys’ locker room in November.

“Obviously, it is in unfortunate circumstance,” Blosil said. “Something I love about Mountain View is the community that it creates for people.”

Blosil said attending MVHS wasn’t like any teen high school movie. Instead, Blosil said there wasn’t a ton of gossip, everyone was friendly and there weren’t cliques. Seven of Blosil’s eight siblings either attended or currently attend MVHS and Blosil said their experiences were similar.

“I’ve learned since graduating that that experience is quite unique,” Blosil said. “Most people don’t have that high school experience where everyone is friends and just gets along.”

“The most incredible thing was how the students handled the scenario. That they weren’t gossiping about it and spreading rumors. … I’m just blown away. They are high school kids! As an adult, I wanted to get the juicy details and my little brother set the example of how to react in times of crisis.” —Jenn Blosil, singer

One of Blosil’s brothers currently is a student at MVHS and Blosil says she’s learned a lot from his example. When the family asks him about what happened with the stabbings, he told the family that students don’t talk about the details out of respect to the students and families.

“The most incredible thing was how the students handled the scenario,” Blosil said. “That they weren’t gossiping about it and spreading rumors. … I’m just blown away. They are high school kids! As an adult, I wanted to get the juicy details and my little brother set the example of how to react in times of crisis.”

MVHS English teacher and benefit concert organizer Danielle Macias said it was through a “serendipitous series of events” the school was able to get Blosil to headline the benefit concert. Two weeks prior to Macias’ decision to organize the concert, she met Blosil at Barnes and Noble. That connection proved lucrative weeks later when Blosil willingly agreed to the concert.

Besides Blosil, there will be approximately an hour and a half performance from students from the MVHS performing arts and clubs. MVHS staff members will also participate in the performance, and Miss Orem’s team will emcee the event. Then two other singers from the community will join: Mimi Knowles, a funk artist, and Na-G, a rapper.

“It’s a celebration of a miracle that everyone’s OK,” Macias said.

Tickets to the benefit concert cost $5 for students and $20 for a family in pre-sale. Tickets at the door cost $7 for students or $35 per family. Additional donations are welcome as they go toward helping the stabbing victims. The concert begins at 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 12, at MVHS, 665 Center St. in Orem, Utah.

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