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Benet Academy gets limelight for ‘Friday Flyover’

ABC 7 early morning show films at Lisle school

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013 11:42 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013 12:17 p.m. CDT
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Benet students form a giant "B" for Benet for the ABC 7 helicopter above on Friday morning.
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Benet Academy students gather for an early morning photo on Friday, when ABC 7's morning show paid a visit.

LISLE – Benet Academy was featured on the Friday Flyover segment of ABC 7 News’ early morning news show on Friday.

Students, faculty and staff arrived at 5 a.m., braving cold temperatures and the early morning hour. In all, 1,209 students – 89 percent of the student body – attended along with a majority of the faculty and staff.  

The morning started with a short pep rally celebrating fall sports teams and revving up the audience in preparation for three “flyovers” by the ABC chopper.  

By 6:10 a.m., the band and varsity athletes formed a big letter “B” for Benet in the middle of the field at Baumgartner-Gilbert Stadium. The students in the stands cheered as the helicopter shot video of the field.

For the second shot from the chopper, the band formed “Benet” on the field. All students were then invited on the field to fill in the letters.

In a matter of minutes and with the expert leadership of Benet music directors Brian Wand and Rich Alfantis, “Benet” took shape on the field – an impressive display of school spirit.

During the flyover, Marty Gaughan, Director of Social Media and Recruitment Associate, was interviewed by ABC news anchors Judy Hsu and Ravi Baichwal.

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