Middle-Schoolers Sing to Win at East Islip Idol
Tyler Burd was crowned No. 1 in the third annual East Islip Idol, but
all 21 of the middle-school students competing to sing their hearts out
at the November 3 event came away winners.
Produced by Music Idol Entertainment at the high school auditorium, the
finals show was sponsored by the East Islip Middle School Tri-M Music
Honor Society and advisors Judy Fischer and Concetta Stevens. “The
reason why we began East Islip Idol in 2009 was to have an event that
would be fun for the entire school and district,” explained Stevens.
This year over 125 students tried out, and 40 made it to the October 20
semifinals, whittled down to 21 children performing at the final show.
Winner Burd’s prizes included gift certificates, the chance to record
his chosen song in a professional recording studio and an interview on
WBLI. The other top finishers– first runner-up Jenna Anderson, second
runner-up Matthew Waldron and third runner-up Tynasia Whitaker – also
received gift certificates and trophies. Proceeds from ticket sales went
to benefit the Tri-M scholarship fund as well as a special donation for
East Islip Middle School sports.
"I think this is a wonderful event because it brings the community
together to support and cheer for all the performers,” said Stevens. “It
is just so fun. Kids have told us that East Islip Idol is their fondest
memory at the middle school."