The Georgia Charter Schools Association honored student performers from three public charter schools with cash prizes at the Fifth Annual Charter Schools Rock, and Charters Got Talent student showcase, held Saturday, May 2 at Liberty Plaza, just across the street from the Georgia State Capitol. See photo gallery here.
Thirty student acts from charter schools across Georgia, competed at the high energy event which opens National Charter Schools Week (May 3-9).
First Place, and a cash prize of $1,000, went to singer Jordan Jones, a 9th grade student who attends the Provost Academy Georgia, an online charter high school. Jordan lives in Columbus, Georgia and has auditioned for the popular tv talent show The Voice. She appreciates the flexibility of online learning as she pursues her education and a performing career. Jordan sang “Girl Crush” by Little Big Town on Saturday and brought down the house. She has her eyes set on Columbus State University or Berklee College of Music.
Second Place, and a cash prize of $500, went to KIPP Ways Academy’s Sounds of Royalty Band, last year’s Charter’s Got Talent grand prize winner. The much-heralded 45-member marching band was invited to perform in South Africa this past year.
Third Place, and a cash prize of $250, went to DeKalb PATH Academy’s Percussion Ensemble, led by Mr. Daniel Isaacs. The dynamic group performed a powerful rendition of the 60’s classic “Wipeout.”
Photos: Ingemar Smith