Audrey Johnson Named 2017 Wake Tech Idol
Talented Singer Wins $2,500 Scholarship
RALEIGH, N.C. (November 3, 2017) - A very talented singer has been named the 2017 Wake Tech Idol! Audrey Johnson defeated nine other finalists tonight to win the annual competition, held on the Northern Wake Campus. Her win includes a $2,500 scholarship from the Wake Tech Foundation. Johnson performed two songs, including an original composition. Besides singing, she is interested in a career as a dental hygienist and is working toward entry into Wake Tech’s Dental Hygiene program.
Two runners-up, Ryan Chakra and Ketsia Nduku, took home $750 scholarships.
Dozens of Wake Tech students auditioned over a two-week period, and the top 10 were selected to appear in tonight’s grand finale. Celebrity judges included Brian Dawson, radio personality from K97.5; actress Connie McCoy; and Rissi Palmer, the first African-American female to chart a country song since 1987. The judges chose the top three finalists, and the audience picked the winner. The event was emceed by Sandra Gibson, a student activities coordinator at Wake Tech who is also a motivational speaker, author, and jazz singer.
Wake Tech Idol engages the college community in friendly competition that highlights student talent as well as fine arts courses and programs at the college. The annual event is sponsored by the Student Government Association (SGA).