The Band Perry rocks contest-winning Wilson Central
The Band Perry was a pretty good grand prize for Wilson Central High students, who got a free concert from the popular sibling trio Monday in the school gymnasium.
The school earned the concert last fall by winning a State Farm safe-driving competition.
“People have been talking about it for weeks and weeks … and there has been just a buzz around this school,” senior Morgan Beers said.
The approximately 1,800 students plus faculty packed the gym for the concert, which had the stage, lights and sound setup of a larger venue. The Academy of Country Music’s vocal group of the year played for about an hour in a show that was closed to the public.
Kelly Clarkson was originally scheduled to be the performer when Wilson Central won the contest, but the superstar had to change her schedule because of her pregnancy. An announcement from Clarkson was played to students just before The Band Perry hit the stage to a loud and energetic reception.
“They are pretty popular, everyone here knows the band,” senior Haley Bullington said.
The Celebrate My Drive competition that Wilson Central won invited schools to make and solicit commitments to safe driving in the name of a school last Oct. 18-26.
The top 10 schools won $100,000, which Wilson Central will use toward technology, beatification, building upgrades and a new sound system. Ten percent must go to safe-driving initiatives.
Lebanon High also won $100,000 and Mt. Juliet High won $25,000 as local State Farm agent Jeff Gannon promoted the competition that was elevated by the rivalry with local schools and the incentive of the concert.
“The concert was a very good idea to help motivate students,” senior Isaac Shaw said. “It wasn’t completely about the concert, but it that definitely helped propel everyone to really want to go and do it.”