AJ George wins 'Romantic Idol XXI'

Posted On: Friday, March 19, 2021

AJ GeorgeCongratulations to AJ George (pictured) for winning the sophomore class’s “Romantic Idol” competition, held right before Spring Break. AJ recited “Gods” by Walt Whitman; Lea El Sayyad was runner-up; Riley Cummins was second runner-up. Congratulations also to the other finalists: Will Sherman, Sydney Mack, Sofie Rumman, Findlay Brookman, Elle Hopkins, Anna Frey, and Cassie Davis.

Many thanks are necessary for this event

  • emcee Ashim Dakal.
  • judges Avril Nieman (11), John Dolsey (12), and Walker Kight (11).
  • 2019 winner Emma McLean (12) for reading the opening poem.
  • tech crew members Shane Patacca, Gerry Davis, Brooks Spiess, and Braeden McCague (10).
  • Mr. Spiess and Shane Patacca for coordinating the first-ever live stream of the event.
  • Avery Johnson (12) for taking wonderful photographs of the contestants.
  • OHbreathe for allotting time to allow the event to occur.
  • All Junior/Senior High teachers for tuning in to support these sophomores.
  • And teacher James Kinkaid for making “Romantic Idol” - now in its 21st year - and important tradition at Ottawa Hills.

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