Gaither High School 'inflates' RNC grand finale

9:11 PM, Aug 24, 2012   |    comments
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Tampa, Florida -- When it comes time for the grand finale of the Republican National Convention, think of Gaither High School.

Students from the school's music programs were given a rare opportunity to not only see the inner workings of a political convention, they're responsible for the big show: the 120,000 balloons that will fall on the deluges when Romney is officially named as their candidate.

Photo Gallery: Gaither HS inflates RNC balloons

"I'm going to be like, 'I did that,'" said Anna Cappadoro, a Gaither senior.

"I'm just going to be like, 'Oh wow, I was a part of that,'" said her friend, Ayla Bonomi.

In a matter of hours, the students filled more than 120,000 balloons in a carefully coordinated assembly line.

Some students inflated with a machine designed by Treb Heining, owner of Glasshouse designs which is putting on the grand finale, while others tied the balloons before tossing them into a giant net.

"It's exciting, because I know it's a once in a lifetime event. Every four years they do this and the one time it's here, we get to be a part of this. It's exciting," said Melanie Baez, a Gaither High junior.

This is a win-win for the students. Heining is donating cash to their music programs for the help

"They're always getting their funding cut," said Heining."Being a former band kid myself, I always like to going to the music programs in the local communities"

Heining has led seven grand finales at political conventions. His company is also responsible for the confetti drop on New York City on New Year's Eve.

"I think it's really cool," said Cappadoro of this once in a lifetime experience.

"You see these students that have so much energy and so much hope... that's what it's all about."

So when that big balloon drop happens on the last night of the convention, think of Gaither High.


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