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NOVA Students Vie for Top Vocalist at 11th Annual NOVA Idol Finale March 21

On Friday, March 21 at 7 p.m., nine of Northern Virginia Community College’s top singing sensations will battle for the title of this year’s NOVA Idol. In addition, three students from area high schools will compete in a separate competition that evening to win the high school division.

In its eleventh year, NOVA Idol continues to be a popular college-wide event with more than 250 students from NOVA’s six campuses making up the competition pool. Every year, the votes of both audiences and judges determine the first, second and third place winners. The grand prize winner will receive $6,000 and four hours of studio time plus a sound engineer, courtesy of Cue Studio’s Center for Audio Engineering, to be used to create a demo album. Second and third places will receive awards of $1,500 and $500, respectively.

Co-hosting this year’s event is repeat host Tony Perkins, co-anchor of the 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. news shows at WTTG-TV, Fox 5 and Araceli “Shelly” Palomino, a communication studies instructor at NOVA. American soul singer and songwriter William Bell will also make a repeat guest appearance as a celebrity judge.

Friday, March 21 at 7 p.m. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. with pre-show performances by the Texas Chainsaw Horns Band, NOVA’s Favorite Dancer Jillian Muschler, and the Manassas Park High Cougar Drumline.

Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College, 3001 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22311

Directions: http://www.nvcc.edu/alexandria/maps.html

The event is free and open to the public. Parking is free. For more information about the event, go to novaidol.com or call 703.933.5074.

Media Contact: Jennifer Gonzalez | 703.425.5839 | jgonzalez@nvcc.edu

Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.