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On the Bright Side

November 14, 2012

Teen helps organize dance company benefit

COOPERSTOWN — Lucas Lyons is a young man who sees a need and figures out a way to respond to it.

The 17-year-old talented dancer and varsity football player for Cooperstown High School has plenty to keep him busy.

He’s on the bowling team. He’s a wrestler. He plays lacrosse. And he’s preparing to take the Scholastic Aptitude Tests that will help determine if he will be considered for the colleges from which he’d love to be the recipient of an acceptance letter.

Amid all this, this young man from South New Berlin is also looking for ways to help those less fortunate.

In recent weeks, he came up with the idea of organizing a performance of the Phoenix Project Dance, a Norwich-based dance troupe with which he is affiliated, at Cooperstown High School. The event, he decided, should benefit the Cooperstown Angel Network, a program that donates goods and services to needy families.

The 11th-grader broached the idea to his fellow dancers as well as to Cooperstown School District administrators.

The result: Phoenix Project Dance will preform at 1 p.m. Sunday in the Nicholas J. Sterling Auditorium at the Cooperstown Middle/High School. Donations of $10 will be sought from those wishing to attend, and the proceeds will go to the Cooperstown Angel Network.

“I thought this would be a great way for Phoenix Project Dance to get its name out in the local area, and also help the Cooperstown Angel Network provide food and gifts to local children during the holidays,” Lyons said Tuesday.

Lyons transferred last year to Cooperstown High School, from which his mother, Karen Lyons, had recently retired after 27 years on the faculty as a business teacher.

She has since become a licensed teaching assistant at the school. Lucas had attended Unadilla Valley High School, where he had been a varsity wrestler and football player.

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