Phone Service Gives Ring to Education

Photo Courtesy of Winston Burris

Students From Animo Locke Charter High School Participated In A Music Competition For A Chance To Win A RingPlus Smartphone With A Year Of Free Service And A $6,000 Scholarship.

 Santa Monica, Calif. (October 1, 2012): RingPlus, a new cell phone service with a simple to use pricing structure integrated with social media, held a modern dance and music competition on Saturday, Sept. 29 at Animo Locke Charter High School in Los Angeles. More than 19 students impressed the judges by showcasing their talents on stage.

A contestant does her thing on stage. Photo courtesy of Winston Burris

“From rap solos and a-cappella singing to dance groups, the high school students from Animo Locke Charter High School represent an array of undiscovered talent,” said Edmond Allmond, panel judge and esteemed industry musician. “Fostering music programs is part of my daily mission. I was extremely excited to head back to my former neighborhood to help bring awareness to the importance of music education in schools.”

Students were judged by a select panel on originality, crowd response, and energy. Edmond Allmond, who has performed with Stanley Clarke, Vanessa Williams, Cote de Pablo, John Mills, Elmer Hopper, and Mary Powers, among others, headed the panel. Mr. Allmond was also the featured pianist on episodes of the television shows “Desperate Housewives,” “Revenge,” and “NCIS.”

The two finalists included; Raquel Reliford and Toumeres Hills. Team US, which included Chanda Evans, Chanda’na Evans, Rosie Jones, and Re’anna Craig walked away with first place after showcasing their skilled dance moves. Re’anna Craig,  part of Team US and a senior at Locke, was the lucky winner selected to receive the $6,000 scholarship paid over two years towards any school of higher education. At the finale of the event, RingPlus surprised every participant with a brand new RingPlus smartphone along with one year of free service so the students can share music and stay connected.

“This was a great event for us to begin a jumping-off point,” said RingPlus Chief Executive Officer Karl Seelig. “We envision doing this next year at a much larger scale in an effort to promote music programs and provide students with opportunities to help them grow and gain confidence in their talents.”



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