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Jefferson High School graduate Amanda Richards will star as Izzie Midnight, a back-up singer and lead guitarist in the band Vacant Luxury, in the independent film Izzie Midnight. (Contributed)

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What’s it like to be a movie star? Amanda Richards and Cody Saurdiff, both graduates of Jefferson High School (JHS) in Alexandria, will soon find out. They are both set to star in an Indie Rock Romance titled Izzie Midnight, written and directed by Matt Eckholm.


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Jessica Sly
Jessica Sly has been working as a content writer at the Echo Press since May 2012, contributing, proofreading and editing content for both the Echo and Osakis Review. A Wadena native, she graduated from Verndale High School in 2009 and worked that summer at the Wadena Pioneer Journal as an intern reporter. She attended Northwestern College in St. Paul (now the University of Northwestern - St. Paul), where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in writing and a minor in Bible. In her spare time, she enjoys playing the piano (and learning the violin), reading, writing novels, going to the movies, and exploring Alexandria.
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