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Students catch local screening of 'McFarland, USA'

Coach Jim White, third from the left, and former McFarland High School runners participate in a screening of the movie they inspired, "McFarland, USA," at Bakersfield College in Bakersfield, Calif., Friday, Sept. 16, 2016. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

High school students around Kern County got to enjoy a special screening of "McFarland, USA" on Friday, followed by a panel discussion with some of the real-life inspirations portrayed in the movie.

The screening was held in the Indoor Theater at the Simonsen Performing Arts Center at Bakersfield College.

At the screening was Jim White, retired teacher and cross-country coach, as well as some of the runners, including Johnny Samaniego and Danny Diaz.

The discussion panel focused on succeeding in education and sports, rural excellence, and the obstacles students from migrant families face.

"We were migrant students, as well, growing up, so we understand what they are going through and the obstacles that they have to face and the challenges," said Diaz. "It's not easy."

White said since the movie has been released, they have been traveling to different locations to speak with students.

"Just do the best you can do. Your attitude is so important, it’s more important than anything," he said.

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