La Plata performers to compete in regional event hosted at school

La Plata performers to compete in regional event hosted at school

La Plata High School’s a cappella group Unplugged is hosting the International Championship of High School A Cappella Mid Atlantic quarterfinal event 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 4 in the school auditorium. Eight a cappella groups, including Unplugged, will compete in the event. A cappella groups such as Unplugged perform songs and music without any instruments. Competing groups in the event are judged on both their vocal and visual performance in areas such as tone quality, balance and blend, visual cohesiveness, energy/stage presence, professionalism and creativity.

Tickets are $15 for students and $20 for adults. Visit to buy tickets. The event is open to the public.

La Plata is also hosting its annual coffee house at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 20 in the school cafeteria and commons area. Along with other student groups and performers, Unplugged will perform at the coffee house. Admission is $5 and food and drink will be available for purchase.

In addition to the coffee house event, Unplugged performs throughout the school year at several events and competes annually in the International Championship of High School A Cappella (ICHSA) competition. In 2014, the group won first place in the northeast semifinal and competed in the finals. Last year, the group was included on the Best of High School A Cappella album.

Members of Unplugged this school year are Bella Aron, junior; Mia Bermudez, freshman; Zack Farri, senior; Hayden Gould, junior; Bailey Latimer, junior; Shelby Latimer, sophomore; Madelyn Mudd, freshman; Miles Pierce, sophomore; Edwin Santos, sophomore; Kenyon Sheppard, sophomore; Thomas Still, senior; and Halle Tetrault, senior.

Unplugged was formed by La Plata English teacher Denise Childers. Childers helped to found the Treblemakers a cappella group at the University of Maryland College Park. She founded Unplugged at La Plata in 2010.

About CCPS
Charles County Public Schools provides 26,400 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 36 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Pamela K. Murphy, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.

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