GPS Freshmen Win GPS/McCallie Got Talent Show

Monday, February 4, 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.


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