GPS Freshmen Win GPS/McCallie Got Talent Show

Monday, February 04, 2013

Freshmen Anna Baldree and Kaitlyn Crisp played their way to a 4th place finish at the fifth annual GPS/McCallie Got Talent show on Saturday. GMGT is modeled on the America’s Got Talent television show. The girls sang and played guitar in a mash up of “Chasing Cars” and “Drops of Jupiter.” 

First place among the 20 acts was Julian Nunally, a McCallie senior who performed a spoken word rap. In second was McCallie sixth grader Will Hunt, who belted out “She Will Be Loved” by Maroon 5, and another sixth grader, Mitchell Negus, came in third overall and was the top Middle School performer with a spirited, classical piano piece, Sonatina Op. 36, No. 3 by Clementi. Rounding out the top five was McCallie junior Matt McCall, who played the guitar and sang “Lovers’ Eyes” by Mumford and Sons.  

The sell-out crowd saw array of talent that included violin, impersonations, baton twirling, dueling pianos and dancers. The top three acts received trophies and cash prizes. 

Students voted by cell phone after the final act in the event, which has been a standing-room-only every year. According to Coordinate Director Beth Gaffney, hosts “Savannah Phillips, Gypsies president, and Chris Lee, CEC president, rocked the crowd and built school spirit during the best Got Talent to date.” Faculty judges who presented the awards and entertained the audience with their own antics were Jenise Gordon, Hank Bramblet and Patch Lawson.


GPS Senior To Bridge Gap In Education Disparities

 With the help of funding from the Mozilla Gigabit Fund, GPS senior Anjali Chandra has started  the GigBridge project at East lake Academy.   “Education is more than getting perfect scores on the SAT and getting into Harvard," said Anjali.  "It can be the key to a self-supporting life. Education can help families escape from poverty and get better jobs ... (click for more)

Dalton State Protects, Breeds Endangered Turtles

Dalton State couple has a new  couple, a male and female spiny turtle – known as the Heosemys spinosa in scientific communities - which is an endangered species. They live in the Dalton State College Turtle Assurance Colony. The colony is part of the international Turtle Survival Alliance, which is a conservation group formed in response to the disappearance of turtles ... (click for more)

Harr Outlines $40 Million Plan For Chattanooga Light Rail System

Outgoing Chamber of Commerce President Ron Harr on Monday outlined a $40 million plan for a Chattanooga light rail system that would serve not only downtown, but also the Airport and the Enterprise South Industrial Park. In a speech to the Chattanooga Engineers Club, Mr. Harr said most cities looking at such an ambitious plan "would be facing costs of over a billion dollars." ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Choo Choo Adding Clubs, Restaurants In $8 Million Renovation

The historic Chattanooga Choo Choo is adding clubs and restaurants in a $7 million renovation, it was announced in front of the South Market Street landmark on Monday morning. The Comedy Catch will be moving from its longtime home in Brainerd and there will be a new 500-person music venue that will be in addition to Track 29. The new venue, managed by Track 29, will feature a ... (click for more)

Senator Bob Corker: An Open Letter To Tennesseans

We are incredibly fortunate to live in a state in which companies worldwide are clamoring to establish a presence. Many attribute it to our pro-business culture, well-prepared workforce, low tax environment, right-to-work policies, and engaged citizenry.  That is why the announcement by Volkswagen to build its midsize sports utility vehicle and establish the South’s ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Wamp Refuses To Stoop

With less than two weeks before the Aug. 7 th election and the last week of early voting now underway in Hamilton County, Congressional challenger Weston Wamp sounded upbeat and relaxed early yesterday afternoon. “I’m pleased to say that I believe we are right where we need to be … maybe even more than we had hoped.” Wamp, who is challenging two-term incumbent Chuck Fleishmann ... (click for more)