IRMO, SC- Two students from Lexington-Richland School District Five have been selected as finalists in the South Carolina Future Minds “This School’s Got Talent” competition. Seventh grader Savannah Easterling of Chapin Middle School and fifth grader Breana Tepper of Harbison West Elementary School are two of 15 finalists that were chosen with the help from members of Grammy-Award winning band “Hootie and the Blowfish.” The winner will receive $500 and perform at the South Carolina Teacher of the Year Celebration on May 3rd.
Students from South Carolina were encouraged to upload videos of themselves showcasing their musical talents for the competition. Easterling performed an acoustic cover of “Starving” by Hailee Steinfield. “Savannah is what I call a big gift in a small package,” said Chapin Middle School principal Anna Miller. “She is a tiny little thing with a powerful voice and a magnetic personality. She is an incredible musician and an awesome young lady! We are so proud of her and, of course, she has our votes for This School’s Got Talent!”
Easterling was thrilled to find out she had been selected as a finalist for This School’s Got Talent saying, “It is quite an honor to be selected as a finalist. I didn’t expect to make the Top 15!” Chapin Middle School teacher Lori Powers encouraged Easterling to audition for the competition and said, “Savannah is one of my go-to performers for Chapin’s Got Talent. She is an incredibly talented young lady with amazing energy, but her compassion towards others and her humbleness makes her the remarkable girl she is!”
Tepper played and sang “Rise Up” by Andra Day on the keyboard at a recital. “Breana is a joy to have here at Harbison West Elementary School,” said Harbison West Elementary School assistant principal Carol Lunsford. “She is a humble performer with a true gift. Her happy personality and willingness to work with others helps her to stand out as a true Harbison Hero!”
“It is very exciting to be a finalist for This School’s Got Talent!” Tepper said. “I am so proud to represent my school. I sang Rise Up because it spoke to me. It told people to rise up and they can fulfill their dreams and goals.” Harbison West Elementary teacher Lesli Reeves shared her thoughts on Breana saying, “She is such a joy to us here at Harbison West. Breana is a natural leader on and off of the stage. She brings a creative energy and her work ethic is beyond her years as she is a task-oriented student in the Escolares Academy at HWES!”
Voting runs through midnight on February 22. To watch Easterling and Tepper perform and vote, visit www.scfutureminds.org/2017-schools-got-talent/. South Carolina Future Minds serves as the hub for private support of public schools. Their vision as a South Carolina education system is to equip each and every student with the tools, knowledge and attitude for success in work or post-secondary education.