RALEIGH, NC (November 17, 2023) – Wake Tech pupil Quinton Taylor celebrates after taking dwelling first place in two competitions held Friday night time on the Scott Northern Wake Campus.
Taylor, who sang and performed the piano, beat out eight different finalists to win Wake Tech Idol, a pleasant singing competitors that highlights pupil expertise, and obtained a $2,000 scholarship from the Wake Tech Basis. Two runners-up, Angie Larmour, took dwelling a $1,500 scholarship and Shioh Coley, received a $1,250 scholarship.
Wake Tech college students submitted digital auditions, and the highest 9 appeared within the grand finals. Judges included radio character Ron “Massive Ron” Huff; Norman Rogers “Terminator X” of the rap group Public Enemy; and Jacqueline Williams Wittenburg, govt director of the Dereck Whittenburg Basis for Training, supporting undergraduate college students. The judges selected the highest three finalists and the viewers selected the winner.
Quinton Taylor additionally positioned first in a pre-Wake Tech Idol pitch competitors for college kids enrolled in The Enterprise of Music for Entrepreneurs course, a 10-week persevering with workforce schooling (WCE) course that explores the enterprise of music, together with an outline of the music business together with enterprise fashions and planning, advertising and promotion.
4 college students pitched their leisure enterprise concepts for an opportunity to win seed cash to additional their enterprise plans. Taylor, who owns the Taylor Academy of Music in Zebulon, obtained a $2,500 grant. He plans to make use of the funds for brand new devices and scholarships for his enterprise, which teaches music and efficiency to kids ages 5 to 15. Two different college students, Travis Brockington and April Collins, additionally obtained grant funds. Collins can also be a enterprise companies assistant at Wake Tech.
Taylor says he’ll be busy after his two first-place wins at Wake Tech. “I’m so honored to be part of this faculty. It’s the ecosystem for thus many alternatives. I plan to take extra courses quickly!”
Watch a brief video of Quinton Taylor’s Wake Tech Idol efficiency and win right here.