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Millburn High School Juniors Original Song on Drug Prevention Finalist in Statewide Competition

Powdered Elephants Credits: Courtesy of Lynn Farscht

MILLBURN, N.J. — Three Millburn High School juniors are among 18 finalists in the New Jersey Shout Down Drugs Music Contest and the community can help vote them to victory. Danielle Benna, Kyle Farscht and Jessica Yeager, the trio known as Powdered Elephants, wrote an original song with a drug prevention theme made the finals as a wild card. 

Their song "Monster" is vying for the top spot in the opening round of voting to secure an automatic berth at the Prevention Concert. The top three winners compete for music contracts worth $5,000, $3,000 and $2,000 and will perform their songs throughout the year at different events. 

"Being selected as the wild-card/wild card for this song competition is very exciting and it gives us the opportunity to showcase our meaningful song in front a large live audience, As the lead singer, I have the honor of expressing the powerful lyrics and hopefully send a positive message to kids which are currently affected by drug use." Said lead singer Benna.

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Farscht added, "We want to create a positive mindset and influence teens to not use drugs.  The song comes from the perspective of an addict turning their life around and facing a better future."

Powdered Elephants is a pop alternative group with Benna on lead vocals, Farscht performing on keyboard, producing and writing both the music and lyrics. Yeager plays guitar and ukulele for the group and also writes music and lyrics. 

Members of the community can vote until April 26 at: 

There is no limit on voting, so individuals can vote for "Monster" multiple times.

Sample of Lyrics from 'Monster'

Why’m I trying. Time to move on. I don’t want it anymore. I’ll go far. Cause I I lost it, I had it once... but I...I need to escape you. Can’t hear your screams anymore. You’ve got me hooked to core. Get it out, I’m done with taking it. I’m addicted, but I will not give in. Oh, you’re the monster that changed me into you. --- I think it’s time for a change. Looking upwards from the pain. Time to put down all the pills and realize all of my mistakes. Have to stay strong everyday. Time is just ticking away. I don’t think you realize you’ve no power over me. Oooh oh You’ve gotta go. You ruin lives but not mine anymore. Oooh oh You tricked me though. I was weak but now I know. Can’t hear those screams anymore. You had me hooked to core. I got it out, I’m never giving in. I was addicted, but now I am over it. Oh, you’re the monster and I escaped you. Oooh I’ve escaped you... And changed my life too. Oh I saved myself

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