NewsPaper Features – Lebanon Democrat


Country A-listers rock Wilson Central

Contest win brings big payoff for local high school.
APR 29, 2014


Monday at Wilson Central High School was not a normal day.

Students and faculty members were treated to a private concert from country super-group The Band Perry after winning the Celebrate My Drive contest through State Farm Insurance. Original headliner Kelly Clarkson was unable to perform due to expecting her baby in two months, but she did send a special message for the students.

“Y’all have done such an amazing job making Celebrate My Drive commitments, State Farm and I still want to show you how proud we are and give y’all a good time,” Clarkson said.

Upon learning that Clarkson would be unable to perform, the Student Council at WCHS was given three other acts to vote on for the concert.

Alexandra Schafer with the Student Council said the acts were The Band Perry, Hunter Hayes and Kacey Musgraves.

“We voted for The Band Perry because we thought they would relate to all the students,” Schafer said.

Prior to the band taking the stage, students were given a meet-and-greet opportunity. Several of them voiced how it was great to have the opportunity to meet the band.

“It was a really great experience,” said Isaac Shaw. “They seemed like really nice people.”

Corbin Torrez said the students “were all really excited” about the show and he also said the members of the band were “really nice.”

Before introducing the band, local State Farm agent Jeff Gannon offered congratulations to the student body.

“There were 3,500 schools that participated in Celebrate My Drive, over 6 million safe driving commitments, and you guys finished No. 1 in America. Awesome.”

“It was an honor to perform for the students at Wilson Central High School today. It’s so wonderful to see young pioneers making a difference. We had a lot of fun with them,” said The Band Perry in a statement.

State Farm’s Public Affairs Specialist Kip Diggs added, “We’re glad to finally have this come to fruition and to reward the kids for what they did. What the kids have been able to bring to these community. Everyone’s thinking ‘stuff like this doesn’t happen here’ and guess what, stuff like this does happen here.”

Check out more photos and video highlights from the event.




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