Local Students in Statewide Talent Competition | Arts & Culture
Ten highly talented SC public school students were recognized today as finalists in the third annual BB&T “This School’s Got Talent” Competition, hosted by South Carolina Future Minds.
· Chloe Jones, 18, of Horry County School District and a senior at Conway High School in Conway, who sang “Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz.
· Calvin Johnson, 17, of Fairfield County Schools and a senior at Fairfield Central High School in Winnsboro, who sang “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Miserables.
· Chelsea Summers, 16, of Dorchester School District 2 and a junior at Ashley Ridge High School in Summerville, who sang “Stay, Stay, Stay” by Taylor Swift.
· Lindy Turner, 8, of Charleston County School District and a second grader at Jennie Moore Elementary School for the Performing Arts in Mt. Pleasant, who sang “Part of Your World” from The Little Mermaid.
· Quaseem Nunnally, 12, a sixth grader at Nursery Road Elementary School of Lexington School District 5 in Irmo, who performed a freestyle dance to portions of two songs.
· Korie Burton, 13, of Anderson School District 5 and an eighth grader at McCants Middle School in Anderson, who performed “Red” by Taylor Swift.
· Dakendre Jeter, 15, of Spartanburg School District 4 and a ninth grader at Woodruff High School in Woodruff, who sang “Rolling in the Deep” by Adele.
· Kayley Green, 18, of Florence School District 1 and a senior at South Florence High School in Florence, who sang “A Broken Wing” by Martina McBride.
· Cameron Daly, 17, of Lexington-Richland District 5, an 11th grader at Chapin High School and lead singer of the band “Minor Effect”, which also includes Chapin High School 11th graders Chad Huff, Braydon Manley, Nick Auch, and Daniel Amick. They performed an original song entitled “What a Waste.”
· Jimmy Byrne, 12, of Lexington-Richland District 5 and Dutch Fork Middle School who played guitar on “For the Love of God.”
Celebrity judges from Hootie & The Blowfish helped select the top finalists from among nearly 130 entries. HBF bass guitarist Dean Felber and lead guitarist Mark Bryan joined their former tour manager and current annual golf tournament director Paul Graham,to narrow down the pool of talent to 10 finalists. All of the videos can be seen by going to the South Carolina Future Minds Facebook page, clicking on the “This School’s Got Talent” box under the profile picture, and scrolling down.
"What a thrill it has been to be a part of ‘This School's Got Talent’!, judges Felber, Bryan and Graham said in a joint statement. “Knowing that South Carolina has this much talent bodes well for the future of music and entertainment. We cannot wait to perform with the winner in May!"
Now, one winner will be chosen from the finalists through voting on the South Carolina Future Minds Facebook page. Voting is open to all, and is set to begin tonight around 8 p.m. Votes can be cast once a day until midnight on March 31, and the winner will be announced April 1.
The winner of the BB&T “This School’s Got Talent” contest earns the opportunity to perform LIVE at the televised “South Carolina Teacher of the Year Celebration” on May 1 in Columbia. The winner is also invited to perform at the opening concert for the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation in May, which will feature members of the GRAMMY Award-winning super-group Hootie & The Blowfish and other celebrity performers.
The contest was open to students between 1st and 12th grades in all South Carolina public schools. To enter, adults 18 or older could submit videos of students showcasing their skills on the South Carolina Future Minds Facebook page. Videos had to be at least thirty seconds in length and could not exceed five minutes.