On Sunday, August 24, KDWB radio station held a singing competition at the Minnesota State Fair exclusively for HSRA students. Performing in front of hundreds of state fair attendees, HSRA students lit up the stage in front of the Grandstand at the KDWB booth competing for first, second, and third-place cash prizes to see who could sing the best Top 40 song a cappella, a very tough artistic mountain to climb.
KDWB DJ Big D and celebrity state fair workers from Martha’s Cookies, French Fry Shack and other vendors judged the competition in front of an enthusiastic Saturday evening crowd.
To the delight of HSRA leaders, it was actually HSRA new students, students who have never attended HSRA prior to this year, who won the singing competition: De’Sco (1st Place); Ja’Breh (2nd Place); and Ajay (3rd Place). In the eyes of HSRA founder, David “TC” Ellis, all participating HSRA students did an incredible job and were highly praised for their talent and showmanship.
After the competition, Pete Giancola, a State Farm insurance company representative, presented HSRA with a $30,000 check for the prior year “Ready4TheRoad” campaign and the release of the HSRA “Ready4TheRoad” CD. “Ready4TheRoad” was a student driven campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of distracted driving, especially amongst young people. Car crashes are the number one cause of death for teenagers. HSRA and State Farm have been partnering for years to address this issue and that work was acknowledged at the Minnesota State Fair/KDWB booth.
As an added benefit to the new HSRA/KDWB partnership, thousands of KDWB state fair bags were filled with information about HSRA along with the State Farm-sponsored “Ready4TheRoad” CD. The goodie-bags with HSRA CD’s and information were distributed throughout the entire week of the state fair.