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Who is the WJHS 'Idol'?

With the new season of "American Idol" already singing its way to the top of the ratings, Woodbury Junior High is getting in on the phenomena by bringing the singing competition to its halls for the first Woodbury Junior High Idol competition.

"Students can show off their singing ability, which is a great accomplishment for them," student council advisor Richard Saintey said. "It's a chance for students to be creative and show off some talent they may have."

Students can compete either as a soloist, a duet, or a group of three or four.

Lake Junior High already offers its own version of the singing competition.

Saintey said he felt like this was a great thing to bring to WJH because students enjoy it.

Fifteen contestants will be competing in three "shows" for the grand prize of a $100 shopping spree to a store of their choice.

However, students will be performing for some of the harshest critics around -- their teachers and, more importantly, the choir teacher, Mrs. Schenk.

Each night, five contestants will be eliminated.

"Mrs. Schenk will be looking for the fundamental aspects of singing and the other judges will be looking for entertainment, talent and the students who are willing to have fun with it," Saintey said. "I was actually thinking about taking the role of Ryan because I am a horrible singer and judge. I would just smooth things over."

Audition sign up sheets will be available April 6 to 9. Audition dates will be April 20 and 27. Performance dates are May 7, 13 and 21.

Amber Kispert-Smith

Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.

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