Hello! I’m Linda Neaton, founder of The Verge Awards® for Teens on the Verge of Greatness! based here in Milford CT, inviting all of CT's educators to help us launch never-been-done-before, FREE public high school talent contests that award prizes and scholarships to winning students and funding to their schools for STEAM education!
The CT Public High School Championships in singing, music, dance, visual & media arts, technology and innovation, and even comedy and novelty acts--the first statewide championships in the nation-- will be held APRIL 23, 2020 at The Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford, CT, with production by Live Nation!
We're awarding $10,000 in CASH AND PRIZES to winning students, and hopefully much more to their schools from contest sponsors like Travelers Insurance! (But not to worry, you will never be asked to recognize sponsors in any way.)
And get this - multi-platinum, Grammy nominated, People’s Choice, CMA and Teen Choice Award winning artist Hunter Hayes has volunteered to join us! (He’s a huge supporter of music education). Hunter will mentor the singing finalists during the week leading up to the event, and he’s assembling a backing band of high school musicians to perform his 5x Platinum song "Wanted" with him! What a life-changing experience for these aspiring musicians!
We are also auditioning for four(4) additional performance opportunities at the Oakdale Theatre, issuing numerous visual & media arts and music production challenges, and even assembling a statewide pep squad of student leaders!
It’s worth repeating--there is absolutely NO COST FOR STUDENTS TO ENTER! And many of these could qualify for your capstone and community service programs.
We hope every educator and administrator in CT will encourage your students to enter the contests, and then rally your entire student body, parents and even broader community members to vote for your contestants in the weeks leading up to the main event. Sign up for our educator mailig list and you'll receive our communications toolkit and access webinars that will walk you through the contests.
The deadlines for these opportunities range from February 15th-March 15th, so I hope you'll do three quick things right now:
If you'd like to learn more, following are resources that will likely answer many of the questions you may have:
Download our communications toolkit (Coming soon!)
We know you’re crazy busy, so why should you participate?
For your student contestants:
For your broader student body and school culture:
Three easy ways educators and administrators can help make this a huge success:
We’re sure you have some amazing talent in your school, whether or not you can offer--or they participate in--formal school programs; and we hope you can help us reach them so that as many students as possible will benefit from this uplifting and potentially life-changing program.
MORE ABOUT THE VERGE AWARDS:
We're a brand new social impact organization that is partnering with local businesses and major brands to sponsor our contests with their large marketing budgets and help us:
After a hugely successful launch in CT, a few major brands will help us expand next fall to NY, CA, IL, TX and more! So CT's educators will actually be helping us launch something that has the potential to impact millions of young lives.
If you have any additional questions, concerns or ideas, or just want to get to know me a little better before engaging your students, please feel free to call or email me! I look forward to working in partnership with you to make The CT State Championships unforgettable and even life-changing for many of your students and families.
Linda Neaton, founder and CEO
The Verge Awards for Teens on the Verge of Greatness!
Need more convincing?
It's not just about winning prize money!
230 high school principals indicated they were even more excited to:
Teachers added their excitement for increasing their ability to: