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It seems some artwork can almost jump off a canvas and come to life. Century High School's Literary Magazine Club took the pages of their work and brought it to life. The Coffee House event showcases all the artwork and musical talent the Patriots have to offer, and serves as the club's major fundraiser.The Literary Magazine Club is hoping to raise enough money to make a dent in the $4,000 publishing bill for the annual magazine.

Waves of students filled the gym to listen to music.

"I love watching like people. I know my friends just do whatever they happen to be doing on stage. Even people you think you know pretty well, come out with their weird talents that you never knew they had," says senior Rachael Elhardt.

Students came to admire artwork, create some art of their own or just chow down. Whatever their purpose, the Coffee House seemed to be the best place to be. That's great news for the Literary Magazine Club, who've been working tirelessly since the beginning of the school year.

"This is their big event, and seeing the kids work it, and how excited they are makes it totally worth it," says magazine advisor Mary Van. 

The event is not only a major fundraiser for the club.

"All the money goes directly into printing the lit mag and giving people scholarships to go to conferences. Scholarships for seniors for college and stuff like that. We use the coffee house to make money and to celebrate all of our accomplishments," says magazine editor Maddy Lopsinger.

And it helps some students come out of their shell.

"A lot of people go so unnoticed. You pass them in the halls, you don't know that they're an amazing saxophone player or singer. And then they get up on stage and everyone's just like, ' Oh my gosh! They're so good.' It's such an awesome experience," says Coffee House coordinator Mandy Jordan.

For example senior Kyle Hagler. Although this is his first and unfortunately last time performing at the coffee house, he hopes to take his talent with him to NDSU.

"I'm actually going into engineering, but I do plan to continue with theater and stuff on the side. I'll probably keep up with all the dancing," says Hagler.

The Coffee House hosted more than 30 acts in less than eight hours.

The club says they sold out of this year's Literary Magazine, giving testament to the fact that it also won first place in a national competition for Best in Show. That's the highest honor the club has ever won.

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