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Student: Lady Antebellum concert is "blessing for us"

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Henryville High School students were stunned, smiling ear to ear after the found out they won Lady Antebellum’s "Own The Prom Night" contest Tuesday.

“I was like, 'What? Are you serious? Are you sure?'" said Ty Griffin, junior.

Griffin created the video submitted by the high school.

"It's going to be gigantic, I can't wait. God, it's going to be awesome."

The Grammy award winning trio asked high school students across the country to send in videos about why they wanted the band to perform at their prom. The winning school would get a free concert on prom night.

The band announced the winner on their YouTube channel. Band members said they were touched by Henryville High School’s story after high schools from across the country, including Silver Creek High in the West Clark Community Schools district, submitted videos on its behalf. Henryville High was partially destroyed by a tornado in early March.

"We love you Lady Antebellum, but we love Henryville High School even more," a student said in the Silver Creek video.

When the band’s announcement hit the web, Henryville students spread the exciting news via text messages, phone calls and Facebook.

"We saw the video and we just kinda hugged and we were jumping up and down together," said Erin Hairston, senior.

Lady Antebellum won't be able to perform at Henryville High School's scheduled prom due to a previously scheduled commitment. However, the band will instead host a special event on May 16 in Louisville, Ky. A benefit for the school will immediately follow the event.

Students said they would rather have it that way.

"I still feel sick to my stomach. I still cry. (The tornado is) still something that upsets me so to have something like this for the entire community and not just for the high schoolers, it's a blessing for us," said Hairston.

A blessing for a tiny down devastated by a tornado, this gives them hope.

"We need it,” said Teresa Tanner, parent. “After what everybody's been through and their still going through."

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