WINNSBORO — Fairfield County, it’s time to log on and rock the vote. Fairfield Central High School Senior Calvin Johnson is one of ten finalists in the BB&T “This School’s Got Talent” competition. Johnson entered the competition at the request of his teacher Julianne Neal. He sang “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Miserables, a song that usually is performed by a female. He thinks putting his own spin on the tune helped sway the judges and get him into the top ten.
The contest was for K-12 public school students in South Carolina. Johnson was one of over 130 students who participated and received strong marks from celebrity judges from Grammy Award-winning Hootie & The Blowfish, Dean Felber, Mark Bryan and Paul Graham.
The winner performs live at the “South Carolina Teacher of the Year Celebration” and also will perform at the opening concert for the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SUNNEX Corporation on May 17.
Last year, FCHS student Shanquel Young placed fourth in the competition, but Neal said that this year people can vote by iPhone, which should help Johnson. One of the contestants he is competing against is a band of four members that is from the Midlands. That means four times as many friends and family may be voting for them. People may cast one vote every 24 hours.
To vote: go to https://www.facebook.com/southcarolinafutureminds. Under the time line photo is a tab with “BB&T This School’s Got Talent” under it. Click there, scroll down and find Calvin Johnson’s video entry and the “vote” link. Voting runs through March 31.
Log on and show South Carolina that Fairfield’s got talent!
An article profiling Johnson will run in the Friday, March 22 edition of The Herald Independent.