MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — It’s finally We Day, something students in Minnesota have been looking forward to for months.

About 18,000 students and teachers came to the Xcel Energy Center to listen to live music and hear words from inspirational speakers. The kids earned their way to this event by planning one global and one local service project.

The first half of the day was filled with excitement, and the second half didn’t disappoint. It started off with a bang courtesy the Rosemount High School Marching Band (who you may recall were the WCCO viewers’ choice as the state’s best marching band).

Next, the Minnesota Vikings came out to address the crowd along with special guest star Jack Jablonski, who inspired the crowd.

WCCO’s own Amelia Santaniello and Frank Vascellaro took the stage to thank everyone for their volunteerism.

Dean and Hutton Phillips, who helped bring We Day to Minnesota, took

One of the musical highlights of the day came from the Kenyan Boys Choir, who performed at President Obama’s 2009 inauguration, and who sang “One Love” with Chris Tse.

Poet and actress Julia Sewell had some words of wisdom for the crowd.

Marissa Mohammed, a youth speaker from the Banyan Community Center, addressed We Day participants about the importance of community building.

A colorful display of dance came courtesy Native Pride Arts.

The visually-impaired motivational speaker Molly Burke galvanized the Xcel Energy Center with her personal story of bullying.

Katie Garfield, a singer-songwriter and actress from “The Vampire Diaries,” performed her song “This Time.”

The 10-year-old dynamo Hannah Alper and motivational speaker Siddarth Paari had everyone in the room on their feet.

To wrap everything up, We Day founders Craig and Marc Kielburger delivered their powerful closing remarks.

And to send the room out in a tizzy of song and dance, Grammy-nominated artist Carly Rae Jepsen performed “Tonight I’m Getting Over You” and her massive hit song “Call Me Maybe.”

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