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‘For example, four Grandview Heights High School students teamed up with counselor Bryan Stork to organize an assembly in March featuring the band Pray for Sleep, a group of adolescents that uses metal music to raise awareness about mental-health struggles and that was recently in partnership with Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Even if the music wasn’t for everyone, attendees all respected the message, organizers said. A follow-up survey of 78 students found a majority were more likely to seek help following the experience.

“Even if it helped just one person, that’s good,” senior Shea McHugh, 17, said. “We need to get rid of the stigma and let people know it’s OK to not be OK.”

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, call the Franklin County Suicide Prevention Hotline at 614-221-5445; the Teen Suicide Prevention Hotline at 614-294-3300 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255; or text the Crisis Text Line at 741-741; or connect to the Lifeline Crisis Chat at

COLUMBUS DISPATCH APRIL 25, 2019 Front Page Article
Passion, dedication, killer riffs and heavy breakdowns earned Pray For Sleep a spot at this year’s Rock On The Range festival alongside bands such as We Came As Romans and Anti-Flag. Choosing to perform at ROTR rather than attend graduation, Pray For Sleep have proven they’re here to rock. Their encouraging anthems and catchy choruses combined with a “take-on-the-world” mentality fuels their message: We are not alone. Expect big things from these guys as they continue to make a positive effect in our scene. -@whitneyxpaxton

Alt Press Issue 362.2 September 2018

‘12th Annual Rock On The Range Wraps Sold Out Weekend With 140,000 In Attendance
May 18, 19 & 20 At MAPFRE Stadium In Columbus, OH’ -

Local act Pray For Sleep — winners of 99.7 FM The Blitz’s “Battle For The Range” — took the stage Sunday to the sounds of “Pomp & Circumstance” (as band members Cameron Dickson and Hayden Kissler missed their high school graduation to perform at the festival) before jumping into their show-opening set.

- Rock on the Range Press Release

‘Review/Photos: Rock On The Range 2018 has fans seeing double Maynard, and evacuations’
Them Evils, opened the main stage, while Stitched Up Heart and Pray For Sleep warmed up the side stages.

Highlight of the Day
Battle of the Bands winners Pray For Sleep opened the side stage, and walked out to graduation song, “Pomp and Circumstance.” We came to find out that two of their members skipped out on walking across the stage for their High School diploma so they could be seen by thousands.

- Metal Insider

‘Rock On The Range’ Brings Huge Acts, Local High School Band To MAPFRE Stadium’ This year’s show also features a local high school band. Pray For Sleep won a contest to play at the festival on Sunday, so two members will have to skip graduation at Olentangy Orange High School.

- Radio OSU

‘The List: 11 essential acts to see at Rock on the Range 2018 - It goes to 11’ -

11. Pray for Sleep (Sunday, 12 p.m.)

OK, here’s a great story for the weekend. The winners of a contest by 99.7 The Blitz, these Columbus youngsters are playing this slot at Rock on the Range in lieu of walking in their high school graduation. If the rest of the weekend doesn’t make you feel old, this will do it.

- Columbus Alive

‘In Review: Rock On The Range 2018’ -
Sunday kicked off with Pray For Sleep, a local band of high schoolers who not only beat dozens of other acts to earn their spot, but skipped their same-day graduation in order to play. Good choice, fellas.

- 1870 Mag

‘Top 5 reasons to go to Rock on the Range’ -

1. The music

It should come as no surprise that the absolute main reason to check this festival out is the music itself. ... local acts like Pray For Sleep, whose members skipped their high school graduation on Sunday so that they could open the days festivities!


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