2012-03-23 / Education

Finalists announced in “This School’s Got Talent” search

Contributed by South Carolina Future Minds

South Carolina Future Minds has announced finalists in the 2012 BB&T “This School’s Got Talent” search.

Celebrity judges from GRAMMY Award-winning super-group Hootie & The Blowfish ( HBF) helped select the top 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 help SC Future Minds review the pool of talent.

The student deemed most talented will earn the opportunity to perform live at the televised “South Carolina Teacher of the Year Celebration” May 1 in Columbia. This year, as an added bonus, the winner will also be invited to perform at the opening concert for the BMW Charity Pro- Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation May 18 in Greenville. BMW, presenting sponsor of the state Teacher of the Year Celebration, welcomes the talent show winner to perform with members of the Hootie and the Blowfish Band and other celebrity performers.

The final videos are posted online at the “South Carolina Future Minds” Facebook page and open to votes. Votes may be cast once per day. The qualified finalist with the most votes as of 11:59 p.m. on April 1 will be declared the winner.

Finalists, along with information the contestants submitted with their entry include:

Brett Fenstermaker and Nathan Duell are freshmen at Lexington High School and are both in the high school orchestra. Both students play many different instruments.

Tyne' Freeman, a Richland Northeast senior, performs an original song she co-wrote while attending the Grammy Foundation’s annual summer music camp last year in NYC. Tyné is a singer/songwriter and also has experience in piano, violin, and music production. She enjoys recording videos for her YouTube channel, where she has collected over 50,000 video views. Tyné was also selected as a winner in the nationwide YoungArts competition and was a finalist in the first BB& T “ This School’s Got Talent” competition in 2011.

Madeline Warrington is a senior at Richland Northeast High School. She wrote a song about personal experiences she has been through. Out of all the songs she has written, this one means the most to her. She loves music, singing, and writing.

For more information about the talent show, visit www.facebook.com/southcarolinafutureminds and click on “This School’s Got Talent” in the left hand column, or call 803-741-5646.

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