Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

'SAME OLD We' BACK AT HER ALMA MATER

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

'SAME OLD We' BACK AT HER ALMA MATER

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We McDonald may be a standout performer on NBC's "The Voice," but she definitely hasn't forgotten where she comes from.

In fact, the 17-year-old William Paterson University freshman spent the day on Friday visiting her alma mater, Passaic County Technical Institute in Wayne, warmly greeting friends and former teachers. The Paterson resident, who studied theater at PCTI, met with other theater students, regaling them with stories from "The Voice" and reminiscing about productions they had acted in together.

"It's like being back in high school, without the work," she said, laughing.

Grace Diaz, 17, of Passaic, who acted alongside McDonald in school musicals such as "Man of La Mancha" and "42nd Street," said seeing her friend and classmate on television has been "kind of surreal," though she noted that the teen "hasn't changed at all. …

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