Students will perform Oct. 25 to 26 at Athey Creek

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO: GINA OLSON PHOTOGRAPHY  - (Top) Jake Luther, Caleb Daniel, Michael Jonsson, Noah Jolley, Ben Kohler, Chris Glaess and Dylan Minter will perform The ninth annual Athey Idol singing competition will take place Oct. 25-26. This year, 32 young singing groups from Athey Creek Middle School will take to the stage in the school’s version of “Americol Idol.” Soul’d Out from Wilsonville High School will also perform.

The event is modeled after the popular television program where viewers phone or text in their votes to crown a winner. Votes cost $1 each. There is no cap on the amount of votes you can purchase. Tickets are available on the school’s website and at the Athey Creek Middle School office.

The performer with the most votes wins the title of Athey Idol. A director’s choice award and a judge’s choice award will also be given to deserving contestants. Microsoft and D&R Masonry will also match the funds raised at the event.

“The whole purpose of the event is a fundraiser, but it also helps singers build confidence and self esteem,” said Athey Idol co-chair Shelley Kamikawa. “This is such an inclusive event to support the music talents of our school community.”

Funds raised benefit the Athey Creek choir and drama programs. Last year the event raised $10,500 from voting alone — excluding entry fees and seat sales.

The 32 student acts — some solo acts, others ensembles — have spent the last month rehearsing and receiving one-on-one coaching with choir and drama director Barb Vardenega. Students will perform a variety of songs from the likes of Michael Jackson, Broadway and even an all-male ensemble performing the Village People’s “YMCA” — in full costume.

“The performers range from novices who have never sung before all the way to those who have been vocally trained,” Kamikawa said.

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO: GINA OLSON PHOTOGRAPHY  - (Top) Aracelli Doescher, Chloe Voeller, Kiana Le Blanc, Riley Knowles, Brady McDevitt, Kendall Gordon and Alyssa Oman will perform at Athey Idol.Eight-grader Phoebe Meek-Lyons will perform in Athey Idol for the second time this year. She will sing “Somewhere That’s Green” from the movie “Little Shop of Horrors.”

“It’s a really good show,” Meek-Lyons said. “There’s always a huge turnout and people are always blown away.”

Eighth-grader Fatima Khan will perform for the third time this year. She will sing “So Sick” by Ne-Yo.

“I just enjoy singing, it’s really something that makes me feel like myself,” she said. “I can basically put any emotion I want into what I sing. It just helps me be me.”

Eighth-grader Laurel Sleeper will perform for the second time this year. She will sing “Some Nights” by Fun.

“Ever since I was little I have always enjoyed singing,” she said. “I feel like I’m getting more and more proud of my singing, and it’s nice to get on stage and show people a little bit of what I can do.”

Eighth-grader Kylee Kamikawa will perform for the third time this year. She will sing “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston.

“I feel like I can show the whole school that I know what I’m saying and doing and performing, and I’m not afraid to show it,” she said. “I would encourage kids not to be afraid to show your inner talent.”

Athey Creek Middle School is located at 2900 SW Borland Road in West Linn. Seat tickets range from $7.50 to $25. For more information, call 503-673-7400.

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