THE PARTY The ten DC-CAPital Stars finalists from DC public and public charter high schools took center stage at The John F. Kennedy Center. The contestants sang, danced and played instruments in an effort to win the grand prize of a $10,000 college scholarship. The students were chosen from over 250 auditions through a public voting process and input from local professional musicians, performers and educators. $750,000 was raised over the course of the evening to contribute to the counseling, college application assistance, scholarships and academic mentoring services provided by DC-College Access Program.
THE PEOPLE The competitors’ fate rested in the hands of the celebrity judges and audience, determining who won the grand prize. The star-studded panel included Grammy Award-winning singer Patti Austin, Tony-Award winning dancer, singer, choreographer and producer Hinton Battle, lyricist, DJ, Hip Hop Pioneer, inspirational speaker Lana “MC Lyte” Moorer, and Radio One disc jockey, TV personality, R&B Music Hall of Fame inductee Donnie Simpson.
BEST IN SHOW Andrew Price was crowned winner of the talent competition for his impressive skills on the piano while Myah Parker, vocal-rap artist, and Niara Lara, steelpan player, came in second and third respectively. The night was a tribute to the late Prince’s musical legacy featuring his music in the opening and closing numbers along with purple lighting accents and decorations tying the evening's theme together. -Marissa Paiano
Photos by Nick Klein