May 24, 2018
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Midcoast glee club wins singing contest

By Heather Steeves, BDN Staff

ROCKPORT, Maine — A group of singers from Camden Hills Regional High School took the top prize in a local Fox TV affiliate “Glee For All” contest by winning over online voters with their singing and dancing. The team won a trophy and $5,000 for their high school’s music program.

One of the singers in the group — dubbed Gleesando — said her principal announced it over the intercom Tuesday morning.

“My class started screaming all excited,” said Shayna Cohen.

Then the group went to the elementary school to sing the song that won them their trophy, “Under Pressure.”

The members of Gleesando prepared costumes and choreography and last month recruited students working on video projects to help them record a music video. They then entered the video in the FOX23 competition for a chance to become one of five finalists selected to perform their song live on TV and for a shot at the $5,000 grand prize.

To film the video, the 10 singing students had to block off a hallway — holding back hungry teens on their way to lunch — while they sang and danced as cameras whizzed by them, over them and through the crowd of singers.

“They felt like stars that day,” said music teacher Kim Murphy, because the corralled students waiting to get to lunch got to watch the whole thing.

Then, on Oct. 29 Murphy received notice that her group was selected as one of the top five and would get to sing and dance on the morning news Wednesday, Nov. 10. Among the other competitors were groups from Yarmouth High School, Buckfield High School, Moultonborough Academy in Moultonborough, N.H., and Kennett High School in North Conway, N.H.

Murphy learned Tuesday that the Camden Hills group won the grand prize.

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