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Announcing Our 2012 Glenholme Idol!

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Glenholme Idol on Stage
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Griffin sang with heart and soul while performing "Time of Your Life" in the Glenholme Idol finals on February 18.
Judges Duet
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In between the performances, head judge Matt and guest judge Mrs. Treppeda dazzled the crowd with a performance of Billy Joel's "Uptown Girl."
Jake and Ben
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In their first song of the evening, Jake and Ben performed "White Horse" by Taylor Swift.
Head Judge and Griffin
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Head judge Matt congratulated Griffin, the newly crowned Glenholme Idol, in the lobby of The Center for the Arts.
Washington, CT - Griffin, a surprise contestant, was crowned the first ever Glenholme Idol on Thursday, February 18, 2012 in The Center for the Arts. Throughout the competition, his energy, humor, and creativity were simply too great for the other contestants to overcome. As guest judge and Glenholme vocal instructor Mrs. Aaron-Noel Treppeda told Griffin during the final round: “You are predictable at being unpredictable. And, it’s wonderful.”

At the start of the Glenholme Idol finale, only two acts remained - both of whom had received identical scores during the previous round. To begin the event, a video recap of the entire season - from the auditions through the semi-finals played for the audience. Afterwards, the original eleven acts of Glenholme Idol reunited to perform “Seasons of Love” from RENT, which included several astounding solos. The opening group act was followed by a series of video messages from students and staff, setting the stage for each competitor's final performances.

Griffin, who continued to surprise the audience and the judges to the very end, sang “What Do Burgers Dream Of?," a personal parody of “What Do Tigers Dream Of?” from a popular comedy. His second song choice, "Time of Your Life" by seventh season American Idol winner, David Cook, showcased his vocal talents and certainly assisted in sealing his win.

The other finalists, Ben and Jake, proved to be worthy competitors for the crown. For their first performance, the duo performed the December 2008 release "White Horse" by American singer-songwriter, Taylor Swift. Accompanied by Aaron on the drums, Ben and Jake then charmed the audience and judges with their rendition of the hit pop song "Teenage Dream" by Katy Perry.

In between the performances, head judge Matt and Mrs. Treppeda took the microphone and dazzled the crowd with a performance of Billy Joel's 1983 chart-topping hit song, "Uptown Girl." Then, Mr. Greenlees was called onto the stage and the audience, judges, and Idol acts all sang “Happy Birthday” to one of their favorite Glenholme supervisors. Just before the winning act was announced, a photo montage of the competition played across the stage backdrop.

In a tense moment, Glenholme Arts Director Matthew DeLong took the sealed envelope from the judges and moved to the center of the stage. As he announced that Griffin was the winner, cheers erupted and hugs were exchanged. When asked what he was going to do next, Griffin exclaimed, “I’m going to Disney World!”

In a post-finale interview, Griffin noted, “I feel tremendous... truly awesome.” He continued, “Thank you to all of the judges for believing in me, having faith in me, and voting for me. This has been an incredible experience.”

True to the hit TV series, Griffin will be recording his own CD in the school’s professional-level recording studio. We each look forward to receiving an autographed copy!

A big congratulations to Griffin, our first Glenholme Idol!

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 Devereux Connecticut.
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The Glenholme School is accredited as an independent boarding school for children with special needs by The New England Association of Schools and Colleges, with diploma granting privileges. Glenholme is a member of the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools, licensed by the Connecticut Department of Children and Families, and approved by the Connecticut Board of Education, New Jersey Department of Education, California Department of Education, and the New York State Education Department.The Glenholme School, 81 Sabbaday Lane, Washington, Connecticut 06793, phone: 860-868-7377, fax: 860-868-7894, email: