Singer voted best at talent competition

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The acoustic cover of "Hotline Bling" performed by junior Jessica Garcia received the most votes to make her the winner of Battle of the Bands and Vocalists.

By Nayeli Lara, Sports Editor

Battle of the Bands and Vocalists on Saturday ended with singer Jessica Garcia taking home a long awaited win.

Audience members were given two votes on their ticket stubs and could also vote by buying more votes. Throughout the night, spectators could place their tickets in the performer’s bag and pick a winner.

Junior Garcia won overall with her acoustic rendition of “Hotline Bling” by Drake.

For Garcia, the win was a step in a positive direction after previous hardships.

“After many failures in my life and in my music, it’s finally nice to win something,” Garcia said. “I tried out for ‘American Idol’, ‘America’s Got Talent’ twice, and ‘The Voice’ twice so all those were kind of rough for me. Now doing something local and winning is really nice and feels really good.”

Garcia will also be performing at FBLA’s Variety Show in December.

Second place went to sophomore Kenneth Correa, sophomore Ricky Gieser, and  senior Stephen Lewis who covered Nirvana.

Math teacher Aaron Hayes beat out English teacher Brian Turnbaugh in the lip sync battle. Hayes performed “Shut up and Dance” by Walk the Moon and Turnbaugh countered with “Cool Kids” by Screeching Weasels.

“I tried to pick a song that was short, didn’t have a lot of spots when people weren’t singing so I wouldn’t try to figure out what to do, and could probably get the audience into it, much like Turnbaugh did,” Hayes said.

Even though Turnbaugh lost the battle and did not get to take home one of the golden microphone trophies, no hard feelings are felt towards Hayes.

“I lost to the better man, he had a great song and it was great,” Turnbaugh said.