Step Up singing, songwriting competition showcases Frederick’s talented youth

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The second annual Step Up Frederick student songwriting contest took place Saturday night, offering six High School Finalists and five middle school finalists, a stage to perform their original songs.  

]The students used their creativity to write and perform songs about courageous people who inspired them, like Rosa Parks, Whoopi Goldberg, Amelia Earhart, and Hagerstown’s own, Kevin Simmers. Caron Dale, CEO of Chords of Courage, says she was blown away by the talent found in Frederick County.

“One of the unexpected benefits of this experience has been the many wonderful people I’ve met and with whom I’ve worked with in the county. So before I go any further, I need to tell you, your county rocks,” said Dale during the event. 

The first place high school winner was Jazlyn Sligh for her song influenced by Whoopi Goldberg, and first  place middle school winner was to Kaiya Feiertag, for her song inspired by Rosa Parks.

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