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Students Rise to the Challenge in Glenholme Idol Semi-Finals

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During the Glenholme Idol Semi-Final round, Aaron and Ian delivered a smooth rendition of "Slide" by the Goo Goo Dolls.
Love the Way You Lie
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Jake and Ben performed a captivating "Love the Way You Lie" by Rhianna.
The Wow Factor
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Griffin wowed the audience with a Lillian Garcia song, which was completely in Spanish.
Judges Deliberate
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The student panel of judges and arts director Matt DeLong deliberated over the scores before announcing the the acts to perform in the Glenholme Idol Finals.
Washington, CT - In a round where energy and excellence are expected, the top three Glenholme Idol acts were ready to shine. Round Five, the semi-final round of the Glenholme Idol competition, was held in front of an excited crowd of students, staff, and guests on Wednesday, January 25 in The Center for the Arts. After a video recap of Round Four, complete with clips from each performance and a detailed rundown by Glenholme Arts Director, Matthew DeLong, head judge Matt introduced his selection of judges for the evening. To the audience's surprise, he announced that the acts would be performing for a panel of three student judges - himself, Jack, and Nick - for the first time in the competition.

Cheered on by the enthusiastic audience, each act then showcased their talent, hoping their scores would get them to the Glenholme Idol finals. Contestants Aaron and Ian delivered a smooth rendition of “Slide” by the Goo Goo Dolls, Jake and Ben performed a captivating “Love the Way You Lie” by Rhianna, and Griffin wowed the audience with a Lillian Garcia song sung completely in Spanish. While each performance was incredible, only two acts could advance to the final round. A huge congratulation to the Glenholme Idol finalists: Jake and Ben, and Griffin!

Glenholme Idol provides the ideal opportunity for students to take healthy risks in a safe and supportive environment. Although many students and staff were initially surprised when Griffin auditioned for the competition, he made his way to the Idol finals with a number of inventive and unexpected performances. By participating in Glenholme Idol and other Arts activities, Griffin and other Glenholme students expand their skills, learn positive methods of expression, and develop confidence in their talents and abilities.

During Round Six of Glenholme Idol, the judges will face the most difficult task of the competition – to choose a winner from the remaining two acts, who received identical scores in the last round! True to the hit television reality series, a full video recap of the competition will be aired before the finalists take the stage, and all of the acts will return to perform together once last time. When all is said and done, the judges will proudly crown the 2012 Glenholme Idol.

For all the photos and stories of Glenholme Idol, visit Glenholme's blog page at www.glenholmeschool.com.

Watch next month's newsletter for the winner of the first ever Glenholme Idol competition!

The Glenholme School is a therapeutic boarding school for young people diagnosed with Asperger's, ADHD, PDD, OCD, Tourette's, depression, anxiety and variouslearning differences. The program provides a treatment milieu designed to build competence socially and academically. Our learning environment supports and enhances the ability for young people with special needs to succeed. For more information about The Glenholme School and its program, visit http://www.theglenholmeschool.org/. Devereux Connecticut.
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