Ascension Idol Final set for May 6

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

May 6th from 7-9 p.m., finalists from the four Ascension Parish high schools will be competing to be the first-ever Ascension Idol. Held at the Lamar Dixon Trademart Building with general admission at $10 a person, we’re encouraging everyone to come out and support our local talent as well as our area high schools: Dutchtown High School, Donaldsonville High School, East Ascension High School and St. Amant High School. At this event, the final 20 contestants will be singing their hearts out to win the competition and be named the 2011 Ascension Idol.  Additionally, this event will be exciting because of a special appearance and song performance by Lauren Turner, one of American Idol’s 2011 top 24 contestants.

This is the first year the Ascension Fund is holding the Ascension Idol singing competition. Much like the popular TV show American Idol, Ascension Idol will be showcasing the vocal talents of some of Ascension Parish’s most talented high school students. With all of the benefits of the fundraiser going to Ascension Fund, this is an event that is not only worthwhile but gives back directly to the schools that are participating. A special thanks goes out to the amazing sponsors of this event: Cabela’s, CF Industries, Eatel, InfiniEdge Software, Lamar Dixon Expo Center, Layne’s Jewelry, nStrumental Designs and Tanger Outlets.

Founded in 1991, Ascension Fund was created as an educational endowment fund in Ascension Parish. Each year, public schools and teachers alike apply for the two available grants – the school impact grant of $2,500 and the individual teacher grant of $1,000. Each proposal is ranked based on merit and from there, the Ascension Fund board allocates funds to the candidates chosen for awards. To date, the Ascension Fund has awarded over 1,000 grants for a total of over 1 million dollars to deserving schools and teachers in Ascension Parish. By funding special projects, fun hands-on learning strategies as well as providing much-needed supplies to Ascension Parish public schools, the Ascension Fund has made a deep impact in the community that is appreciated by students, teachers, administrators and parents alike.

Again, the Final Event is open to the general public for $10 a ticket and all Ascension Parish community members are encouraged to come and support a deserving cause and the talented high school students in the community!

For more information, please visit www.ascensionidol.com, find Ascension Idol on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AscensionIdol or e-mail info@ascesionidol.com.