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HAMPSTEAD - North Carroll High School will dedicate its annual winter assembly Friday to all those personnel who are stationed in the Middle East.

The program will be filmed by Prestige Cable and copies sent to NCHS graduates stationed in the Middle East.

During the assembly, there will be performances by the chorus and mime troop and an appearance by Santa and his helpers.

A special tree set up in the auditorium will bear flags representing each of the school's graduates who are in the Middle East. Hearts will represent those who have lost their lives.

The only negative about the project is that the soldiers will not be able to receive the tapes by Christmas.

"We're not trying to make a political statement," said assembly director Roberta Rooney, who feels the assembly will be a good experience for the students.

Social studies teacher Kim Frock came up with the idea because she writes to a few Marines.

"It's good to recognize them because some might feel lonely during this difficult time, since they're away from their families," Frock said.

The grand finale of the show will be everyone in the audience standing and singing "We Wish You a Merry Christmas."

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