Lauren Alaina came to JRHS on Tuesday afternoon January 24 for the Toy Mountain reward concert. Her song“Georgia Peaches” and album “Wildflowers” are climbing the charts. The rising country star is a 17 year old from Rossville, Georgia and runner up on season 10 of American Idol.
James River won the concert for the 5th straight year with the most toys donated to the annual Toy Mountain Drive competing with a host of local high schools. Star Country sponsors the competition with a promise of a concert. The students have been fortunate to have many terrific stars including Josh Turner and Lady Antebellum previously performed at the high school.
Alaina performed well and really related to the students. Several including Thomas Ayers the quintessential athletic manager for the high school. Junior Dylan Flint asked her to the prom and she didn’t say no. When asked if she could go to the prom, Principal Jamie Talbott said, “Ok.” We’ll see what happens.
Talbott also congratulated Lori Hall the Key Club sponsor and toy Mountain champion. For four years at LBHS and the past five at JRHS, Sibley’s schools have won Toy Mountain. She said, ” I hope you will do well next year. I’ll think of you when I am laying on the beach.” The student body gave Hall a standing ovation. She plans to retire in June.
After the show Alaina autographed pictures. The cafeteria staff presented her with a stuffed cookie. She spent a great deal of time with the students, telling them about her high school days and that she had not been in school for the past year and a half since going on American Idol. She participated in cheerleading while she was in high school. She was the most approachable singer even surpassing Chuck Wicks for the best ever. A fitting good bye to Lori Hall.