The group known as Wishing Well captured the affection of the crowd and the respect of the judges at the fourth annual Thomson High School Idol contest, held March 31 in the school auditorium.
Megan Paine delivered vocals with Ben McIntosh on drums, D'Arius McGahee on guitar and Mitchell Powers on vocals and guitar, in delivering Stare Like You'll Stay.
The fundraiser brought in more than $1,000 for the school choral department.
Contributions from the audience gave the combo the People's Choice award. Judges also chose the evening's final act first place among the 13 acts.
Choral director Pam McCorkle said income from admission and the votes helps pay for uniforms, music, field trips and other choral program needs.
She said the school should be proud of students' conduct at the contest over the years. She said the response has always been very encouraging.
"Young people like to hear other young people perform," she said.
Second place went to Precious Jones, who sang Diary by Alecia Keys.
Leslie Hampton took third place with her dance to He Wants It All, a spiritual song by Forever Jones.
Other performers included:
- Jasmine Lockett and Pedrinisha Few, singing I Know You Miss Me.
- Calvin Heard, singing an original work, It's Over.
- Candace Welsh, dancing to I'll Be.
- Eriyel Ruff, singing Halo.
- Alex Buzzell, singing and playing the guitar to I'll Be.
- Devin Jackson, singing Where I Want To Be.
- Taylor Whitaker, singing Angel.
- Andre Cummings and Hymious Morgan, performing as Hurricane DrÃ© and Young Magic, rapping to an original composition, High on Love.
- Ryan Walden, singing Remembering Sunday.
- Also, McGahee as a solo guitarist, playing a work titled Original Piece.
Wishing Well's artists said the performance was their first as a group. They were undecided about the group's future.
Wachovia Mathis, the vice president of the chorus, offered introductory remarks, thanking the staff and administrators for allowing the chorus to hold the event.
"Without their support we would not be able to express our talents in such different ways," she said.
Mathis introduced the mistress of ceremonies, media specialist Tammy Kay Brunson. "She's enthusiastic, friendly and helpful to everyone she meets," Mathis said.
Celebrity judges were:
- Kelly Bingnear, who has 25 years of theatrical experience, including with the Augusta Opera and the Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre;
- Tammy McClure, the music teacher at Norris Elementary School for 16 years;
- Trent Henderson, the TMS band teacher for the past five years of his 15-year teaching career, and;
- Joey Franqi, the choir director at Hephzibah High School.
Alex Buzzell plays guitar.[CAPTION]
Pedrinisha Few sings in the opening of THS Idol. Few and Jasmine Lockett sang I Know You Miss Me as a tribute to their friend Shakira Alphonesha Hudson, 15, who was killed in November.[CAPTION]
Candace Welch dances toI'll Be by Edwin McCain. [CAPTION]
Above, Precious Jones took second place in the Thomson High School Idol contest for singing Diary by Alecia Keys. At left, Leslie Hampton placed third by dancing to He Wants It All. [CAPTION]
Taylor Whitaker performs Angel by Sarah McLachlan. [CAPTION]
Judge Joey Franqui and Rebeka Teboe sing Love Me (That's All I Ask of You) from The Phantom of the Opera. [CAPTION]