Shiloh students win Idols Choir Competition

SNELLVILLE - The Shiloh High School Concert Choir recently won the final round of The Classic Center Theatre's Idols Choir Competition, earning the top cash prize of $5,000 and the opportunity to sing with American Idol favorites.

Under the direction of choral director Craig Johnson, the Shiloh High School Concert Choir delivered renditions of "This Christmas" by Donnie Hathaway and "Love Is All Around" by Craig Johnson, receiving top scores from judges and the audience.

Diana DeGarmo, former "American Idol" finalist and a 2005 Shiloh graduate, will perform with other "Idol" finalists David Hernandez, Kimberly Locke and Chikezie at The American Stars in Concert performances Dec. 5 and 6 at The Classic Center Theatre in Athens.

Tickets for performances are priced from $10 to $70. Special group rates for 15 or more are available. For tickets or information, call 706-357-4444, visit or stop by The Classic Center Box Office at 300 N. Thomas St. in downtown Athens.

Teen places in singing contest

LAWRENCEVILLE - Rachel Greene, 15, of Lawrenceville placed in the top five at the McDonald's Youth Inspirational Singing Competition.

More than 350 applicants from the metro Atlanta area auditioned for the competition, and 15 were chosen to compete in the contest Sept. 28 at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center.

The finalists received prize packages worth $275, including a cash prize of $200, a $25 McDonald's gift card and a $50 gas card.

Kayla Leigh Armstrong of Dahlonega, the winner of the competition, received a prize package including more than $10,000 in cash and prizes provided by the Greater Atlanta McDonald's Operators Association.

John Oxendine presents awards for fire safety

LAWRENCEVILLE - Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John Oxendine recently presented awards to individuals and organizations that excel in fire safety at the annual Life, Fire & Safety Awards Luncheon in Atlanta.

The Gwinnett Fire Department was honored with an award for Youth Fire Setter Intervention Program of the Year.

Maximiliano Vazquez III, a senior at Peachtree Ridge High School was named a first-place winner of the Fire Safety Essay contest, open to students in grades 6 to 12.

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