Finalists Prepare for Big Day

By: Stephen Bowers Email
By: Stephen Bowers Email

Peavey Electronics' Afterschool (Not) Idle competition is Thursday. The three finalists, all 16-year-old high school students, are counting the hours.

Cecilee Crain from Meridian High School, Alex Goldman from Lamar School and Jodi McKeithen from West Lauderdale High School all made the cut.
They'll be performing at the Afterschool (Not) Idle Rally, which begins at 4 p.m. Thursday at the MSU Riley Center in Meridian.

The competition is held in conjunction with Lights On Afterschool, a national rally to support afterschool activities across the country.

"I was really excited waiting for Thursday. I come up here and practice. I practice at home; listen to it in my car," said McKeithen, who visited with Newscenter 11 at First Baptist Church of Collinsville Tuesday.

"I was excited. That first place, that demo, would be a nice thing to have," said Goldman. "It'd be a great experience just to go up to Tennessee and practice and do all that kind of stuff. So I'm really excited."

"I was really surprised, because I hadn't been practicing and getting ready until that week," said Crain. "And I went in there. I was like, 'there's no way I'm making it'. When they called me, I was shocked."

What do they do between now and Thursday? Practice, practice, practice...

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