The Afterschool (Not) Idle finalists performed Tuesday on stage at the MSU Riley Center.
Peavey Electronics joined with the Mississippi Afterschool Alliance to offer young people a chance to perform and record their music.
The contest is part of a rally in support of afterschool programs. American Idol 2005 runner-up Bo Bice was a judge and is an advocate for afterschool programs
"How important it is to have these afterschool programs because you never know if the person that putting the guitar in the hands of is going to be the next virtuoso on guitar. So it's an instrument that I feel like is definitely overlooked. But more overlooked is the programs that we have to offer these kids," said Bice.
The grand prize winner, Marisa Potate of Meridian, receives free studio time with backing musicians, plus $1000 in Peavey gear of her choosing.
First runner up, Mallory Broadus of Thomasville, Ala., won $750 worth of Peavey gear of her choosing.
And the second runner up, a sister act of Angela and Zandreya Fowler of Meridian, receive $500 worth of Peavey gear of their choice.
Peavey hosted Meridian's first Lights On Afterschool rally in 2005.