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Students Showcase Vocal Talents: Division Winners Chosen

On February 19, more than two dozen students participated in a vocal talent competition at Florence-Darlington Technical College's SiMT. The annual program known as Vocal Star is the culmination of a qualifying event in which almost 90 students competed for a spot in the competition.

At the elementary level Jennalyn Gray, a fourth grade studentat Dewey Carter Elementary, was named runner-up with a performance of "Somewhere Out There" by Jorner Mann & Well. Winner of the elementary division was Dewey Carter sixth grader Jacob Gray who sang "Bridge Over Troubled Water" by Paul Simon.

 Elementary School Division Vocal Star Winners Jacob Gray and Jennalyn Gray

Middle School vocal star runner-up was singer and guitar player Tyler Russell, a 7th grade student at Southside Middle who sang "Those Magic Changes," from Grease the Musical. Elementary division vocal star winner was Jaden Pratt, a Southside Middle School 8th grader who won singing "Give Me You" by Shana Wilson.

 Middle School  Division Vocal Star Winners Tyler Russell and Jaden Pratt

 At the high school level, South Florence took both winning positions. Freshman Tripp Taylor came in as runner-up with "Feeling Good" by Nina Simone and sophomore Joshua Anderson's performance of "Fly Me to the Moon" by Bart Howard secured first place.

High School Division Vocal Star Winners Joshua Anderson and Tripp Taylor

Celebrity hosts for this event included Florence 1's very own Mary Woodward, Teacher of the 16-17; L. Megerlyn Davis, Teacher of the Year, 17-18; and Sharri Duncan, Teacher of the Year 18-19. Florence 1 Schools Performing Arts Coordinator organized the event.