Lackey singers compete in Singstrong competition

Lackey singers compete in Singstrong competition

The Fully Charged a cappella group from Henry E. Lackey High School recently competed in Singstrong D.C., a weekend long a cappella music festival. The festival featured a cappella groups performing various styles of singing. All profits from the competition support the Alzheimer’s Association and local music programs.

The Lackey group earned first place overall in the competition, held Feb. 22 in Reston, Va. Members of the group also earned special awards. Senior Destiny Jones earned the best female soloist award. Brian Kuhn, a choral teacher at Lackey and director of Fully Charged, earned the best original arrangement award. Additionally, sophomore Sarah Jones received an honorable mention award for choreography. The first-place Fully Charged team was given the opportunity to be the opening act for the Singstrong D.C. concert. After the concert, the team met with the members of the a cappella group Ten, and with Blake Lewis, an American Idol contestant.

Members of the group include seniors Malik Higgins, Destiny Jones, Shelby McKeown, Michael Mott, Joshua Pierre and Kaela Proctor, juniors Samantha Boyd, Tyler Brown, Lee Roy Granston, Alexis Graves, Jennifer Hardee, Matthew Jones, Jessica Nichols and Abigail Richardson and sophomores Samantha Brown, Sarah Jones, Regan McClure, Sarah Peterson and Katelynn Watson. Brian Kuhn is the sponsor of the group.

According to Kuhn, “The biggest win of them all was how professional and respectful the students were to all other groups. That kind of stuff is why I teach.”

A cappella groups such as Fully Charged perform songs and music without any instruments. 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.

For more information on the Singstrong D.C. event, visit their website at

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 35 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, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX Coordinator and Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Pamela Murphy, Section 504 Coordinator (employees/adults), at Charles County Public Schools, central office building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, Maryland 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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