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The name is MWAH! – An acronym for Messages Which Are Hopeful!


Mission Statement for MWAH! Performing Arts Troupe:

MWAH! is an experience that delivers inspirational messages of hope and love from young people to young people, empowering them with the knowledge, courage, and strength to deal with life's challenges. Through words, music, and dance, we are changing lives and saving lives, one performance at a time!

MWAH! troupe members Jon Chambers–Green, Taylor Oechsel, and Lindsay Kent joined Andrew Forbes of the 2016 Quad Cities Youth Conference in an appearance February 24, 2016 on the Paula Sands Live television show from the KWQC–TV (NBC) studio in Davenport, Iowa. Please click Here to see it. . The MWAH! troupe was the Keynote presenter both days of the conference at the River Center in Davenport – middle school–age students from throughout the Quad Cities area the first day and high school students the second day.
Please click Here for a story and photos by Dan Eyrich, editor of aroundptown.com, about an appearance by the MWAH! troupe on January 25, 2016 in Prophetstown, Illinois for high school and middle school students.
Please click Here for a video by Dan Eyrich from the troupe's appearance in Prophetstown.
The troupe is registered as a 501c3 charitable organization in Illinois under the name KDC / MWAH! (Kids Do Count / Messages Which Are Hopeful!) and is affiliated with the Chicago Area Project, a grass–roots service and advocacy program based in downtown Chicago and part of an Illinois–wide community services network targeting at–risk youth and their families.


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The ever-changing troupe repertoire includes such various current issues as bullying, abusive relationships, diversity, self-injury, teen depression and suicide, positive alternatives to alcohol and other drugs, and the acceptance of differences among people.

MWAH! founder/director is Ray Moffitt, who has a background in social work.


 MWAH!
Performing Arts Troupe at Geneseo Middle School in Geneseo, Illinois 03/14/2016
Small acts truly can change the world - as can 11 members of the MWAH! Performing Arts Troupe at Geneseo Middle School in Geneseo, Illinois on March 14, 2016, as reflected by the troupe's mission statement reference to changing lives and saving lives - one performance at a time.
(photo by Dan Eyrich)

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31st Quad Cities Youth Conference 02/24–25/2015
The MWAH! troupe in the lobby of the Radisson of the Quad Cities Plaza in Davenport, Iowa during its participation in the 31st Quad Cities Youth Conference on February 24–25, 2016 in the nearby River Center.

Besides being the Keynote presenter, the troupe directed three workshop/discussion sessions each of the two days – middle school–age students the first day and high school students the second day.
More photos may be viewed here, please click here.
For a News Video from WQAD-TV (ABC) please click Here.
For a video from KWQC–TV (NBC – the Paula Sands Live Show) please click Here ..
For a story from the Quad City Times please click Here.
(photos by Stephanie Willcox of JW Wedding Photography in Moline, Illinois)


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Prairie Central JHS 12/07/2015
The MWAH! Performing Arts Troupe following its issues–oriented presentation on December 7, 2015 at Prairie Central Junior High School in the central Illinois community of Forrest, located near Pontiac. Included in the back row are Jennifer Higgins, who lost her 12–year–old son to suicide; Joel Clousing, who lost his 19–year–old adopted son to heroin addiction; and Kathy Davis, McLean County Coroner.
(photo by Scott Harrington)


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GalesburgHS 10/05/2015
The MWAH! Performing Arts Troupe following its performance on October 5, 2015 at Galesburg High School in Galesburg in western Illinois. Included in the top row with troupe members are three guest participants - Jennifer Higgins of Geneseo, who lost her 12–year–old son, Joshua Wilson, to suicide; Illinois State Representative Don Moffitt, whose legislative district includes the Galesburg area; and Angie McCarthy of Galesburg, who lost her 18–year–old son, Tyson Twitchel, in a car crash.
(photo by Scott Harrington)

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For a News Video from the MWAH! appearance on October 5, 2015 at Galesburg High School, please click Here < /br> This video was by WHBF–TV (CBS) in Rock Island, Illinois in the Quad Cities.

For a News Video from the MWAH! appearance on October 5, 2015 at Galesburg High School, please click Here < /br> This video was by WHBF–TV (CBS) in Rock Island, Illinois in the Quad Cities.

For a News Video from the MWAH! appearance on October 5, 2015 at Galesburg High School, please click Here < /br> This video was by WQAD–TV ( (ABC) – News 8) in Moline, Illinois in the Quad Cities.

GalesburgHS 10/05/2015
Another group shot of MWAH! troupe members on October 5, 2015 at Galesburg High School (photo by Scott Harrington)

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The MWAH! troupe appeared August 24, 2015 for grades 6-12 at Abingdon–Avon High School in Abingdon, near Galesburg, in western Illinois. Please click Here for a front page story in the Galesburg Register–Mail newspaper.
Please click Here to see the front page story from the Abingdon Argus-Sentinel of September 3, 2015.

For a News Video from WTVO (ABC Channel 17 and Fox News 39 in Rockford) regarding an appearance by MWAH! at Flinn Middle School in Rockford on May 18, 2015, please click Here .

For a News Video from WIFR-TV (CBS Channel 23 in Rockford) regarding an appearance at Flinn Middle School in Rockford on May 18, 2015, please click Here .
The State Journal–Register newspaper in Springfield, Illinois ran a feature story on April 28, 2015 about the troupe's appearance the day before at Glenwood High School in Chatham, located on the south edge of Springfield.  To view this story, please click Here

For a News Video from WICS-TV (Channel 20) on the troupe's appearance on April 27, 2015 at Glenwood High School in Chatham, please click Here



Flynn MS 05/18/2015
State Representative Norine Hammond (R–Macomb) fits right in with MWAH! troupe members following the troupe's issues–oriented presentation on August 24, 2015 at Abingdon–Avon High School in Abingdon, located south of Galesburg, in western Illinois. As part of the presentation, Rep. Hammond discussed sweeping new law enforcement legislation in Illinois which was supported by both Republicans and Democrats of all racial backgrounds and signed by Governor Bruce Rauner on August 12, 2015. To enlarge the photo, please click Here .
(photo by Scott Harrington)


Flynn MS 05/18/2015
MWAH! troupe members outside Flinn Middle School in Rockford, Illinois following their performance on May 18, 2015 for an audience of more than a thousand students and staff.    To enlarge the photo, please click Here .

For a gallery of photos from a MWAH! appearance at Flinn Middle School in Rockford, Illinois on May 18, 2015 please click Here.
(photos by Stephanie Willcox from Moline)



Moline John Deere MS 05/04/2015

The MWAH! Performing Arts Troupe outside John Deere Middle School in Moline, Illinois, in the Quad Cities, following its performance in the school auditorium for nearly 800 students in grades 6-8 on May 4, 2015. To enlarge the photo, please click Here.

For a gallery of photos from the John Deere performance, please click Here.
(photos by Stephanie Willcox from Moline)





 

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Recent articles and videos about MWAH!


Galesburg High School 10/05/2015
An interview (link below) on WRMJ Radio (102.3 FM) with MWAH! troupe member Justin Smusz regarding the troupe's scheduled appearance on Monday, November 2, 2015 at Mercer County High School in Aledo, Illinois, located south of the Quad Cities. Justin is interviewed by Jim Taylor, WRMJ News and Sports Director. Shown is a group photo of the troupe following its performance on August 24, 2015 at Abingdon–Avon High School in Abingdon, located south of Galesburg in western Illinois.

Included in the photo is Illinois State Representative Norine Hammond, whose legislative district includes the Abingdon and Avon communities and who spoke during the troupe's performance about some recently enacted laws in Illinois impacting young people.
(photo by Scott Harrington)

Please click Here for the WRMJ interview.

Please click Here for an advance story in The Times Record of Aledo regarding the MWAH! appearance at Mercer County High School.


Galesburg High School 10/05/2015 Singing the song 'Nothing More' during a performance by the MWAH! Performing Troupe on October 5, 2015 at Galesburg High School is a Galesburg High choral ensemble directed by Paula Helle and accompanied at the keyboard by MWAH! troupe member Sophie Michael. For a video–slideshow of the 90–minute issues–oriented performance, please click Here. (video - slide show by Scott Harrington and Clarissa Colletti)

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(Photography by Harrington.)


Abington-Avon High School 08/24/2015 The MWAH! Performing Arts Troupe following its performance on August 24, 2015 for about 610 students in grades 6-12 at Abingdon-Avon High School in Abingdon in western Illinois, near Galesburg. For a video slideshow from the performance, please click Here . Please click Here for a bigger photo.

(Photography by Harrington.)



For a look at the troupe being featured on the front page of the Addison Suburban Life, please click Here.
Indian Trail Junior High School 03/23/2015 'And together we are...MWAH!' shout troupe members Lindsay Kent, Sophie Michael, and Taylor Oechsel as Chad Sype holds the banner following the first of two performances on March 23, 2015 at Indian Trail Junior High School in west-suburban Addison, Illinois.
For an enlargement of the photo, please click Here . For a video slideshow from the morning performance, please click Here .
(Photos by Scott Harrington and slideshow arranged by Clarissa Colletti)


Central High School in DeWitt, Iowa 02/09/2015
And together we are…MWAH!! – the 'last hurrah' for the MWAH! troupe's appearance at Central High School in DeWitt, Iowa on February 9, 2015 for grades 6–9. With troupe members are Central Community School District students who had just finished an energized dance piece with the troupe. For enlargement of this photo, please click Here . For a video slideshow, please click Here .
(Photo and video slideshow by Scott Harrington)

St.Raphael Catholic Church Naperville,Illinois 01/25/2015

MWAH! artists (from left) Rob Delgado, Landon Ballard, and Chad Sype give special musical recognition to Kaylee Harris at St. Raphael Catholic Church in Naperville, Illinois on January 25, 2015 - an event involving Catholic youth groups and parents from throughout Naperville and Aurora. For a video slideshow, please click Here . For enlargement of this photo, please click Here
(Photo and video slideshow by Scott Harrington)

  photo by WMAQ
KMAQ Radio (am 1320/fm 95.1) in Maquoketa, Iowa, on February 6, 2015
Segment of news broadcast on KMAQ Radio in Maquoketa, Iowa on February 6, 2015 regarding MWAH! troupe's planned appearance at Central High School in DeWitt, Iowa on February 9 – broadcast by Cody Barnes, KMAQ News Director.


Zori, Chad, Landon  BondurantFarrar MS,Illinois 10/20/2014
Zori Schiffman (left), Chad Sype (on floor), and Landon Ballard serenade Kileigh Boatwright, an eighth grader who loves to dance, during the MWAH! appearance on October 20, 2014 at Bondurant–Farrar Middle School in Bondurant, Iowa, located on the northeast edge of Des Moines. For a video slideshow from the performance and subsequent discussion session, please click Here.
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(photo and slideshow by Scott Harrington of Photography by Harrington)

(photos by Scott Harrington of Photography by Harrington).
Lena–Winslow HS Lena,Illinois 10/06/2014
Having just completed an energized dance finale with Lena-Winslow High School dancers behind them, MWAH! troupe members (from left) Taylor Oechsel, Shannon Sype, Levi Ballard, Sophie Michael, and Jillian Gomez encourage the audience to shout out the troupe's name. For an enlargement of this photo, please click Here
For a video slideshow from this performance on October 6, 2014, please click Here.
(photos by Scott Harrington of Photography by Harrington).
 Annawan High Schooll,Illinois 9/22/2014
For a video slideshow of the MWAH! troupe's appearance at Annawan High School on September 22, 2014, please click here. Here .
For an enlargement of a photo of the troupe following its performance, please click Here .
(photo and slideshow by Scott Harrington of Photography by Harrington)



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