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Tickets go on sale as students shine for Athey Idol


Tickets on sale for 10th annual performance fundraiser

Thirty-two talented middle school students will take to the stage when Athey Creek Middle School hosts its 10th annual Athey Idol fundraiser Oct. 25.

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - From left, Rebecca Hartner, Alexa Cook, Alex Burkeen and Molly Young are among the young performers who will take the stage for the 10th annual Athey Idol competition Oct. 25.Modeled after the popular television show “American Idol,” the event offers students a chance to show off their vocal talents while raising money for the school’s drama and choir programs under the direction of teacher Barbara Vardanega.

“I’m really happy to participate in it and help out,” said seventh-grader Cameron Weger. She will sing the Queen classic, “Somebody to Love,” and while she admits to feeling some nervousness as the big day approaches, she said she is certain to overcome her nerves.

“When I get on stage, I’ll let loose and have fun,” she said.

Eighth-grader Hannah Schwartz agreed that the jitters will dissipate when it’s her turn to pick up the mic.

“Once you get up there, all that nervousness just goes away,” she said. Hannah will perform “Good Girl” by Carrie Underwood.

Dawson Kennedy, a seventh-grader, will sing “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons.

“It’s a really popular song and my vocal teacher thought it was a good fit for me,” Dawson said. He takes weekly private voice lessons and participates in a Saturday workshop and said singing is a good way for students to express themselves.

“Without music the world is just kind of dull,” he said.

Eighth-grader Brady McDevitt, who will sing “Too Close” by Alex Clare, said Athey Idol is a great opportunity for students to shine.

“There are a lot of good singers in Athey Idol,” she said. “A lot of these people have talents that people don’t really realize.”

Some performers were using their performance as an opportunity to spread positive messages among the peers. Kiana LeBlanc, an eighth-grader, will sing David Guetta’s “Titanium.”

“I thought it would give a good message,” Kiana said. “It’s about bullying. One of the verses is, ‘You shoot me down but I won’t fall.’”

All the young performers agreed that Athey Idol represents a worthy cause and promises an enjoyable experience for those in the audience.

“It’s a good fundraiser,” Hannah said. “It’s a fun night. You get to hear new versions of songs.”

“It’s a great way to raise money,” Dawson said. “Ms. V uses it to buy some new choir or drama equipment. People can look forward to a night of fun and popular songs.”

Tickets ranging in price from $7.50 to $25 are available through the school’s website. Depending on presales, tickets may be available at the door the night of the performance. The doors will open at 6:15 p.m. and $5 tickets also are available for the dress rehearsal Oct. 24.

Audience members are encouraged to cast $1 votes for their favorite act. The performer receiving the most votes will receive the title Athey Idol. All money raised goes directly to the school’s choir and drama department, to be used for music, scripts, equipment repair and maintenance and toward the purchase of new curtains and lighting.

Kate Hoots can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and 503-636-1281, ext. 112. Follow her on Twitter, @CommuniKater.