JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) - The Joplin High School vocal music department has won $25,000 through the national contest.
The Joplin Globe reports (http://bit.ly/uOXgaw ) that the department received more than 5,000 online votes in the "Give Glee A Note" contest for music programs that are struggling financially.
The Joplin singers received more than 5,000 votes online. Choir director Eric Eichenberger said in a press release they plan to use the money for music, equipment and performance attire.
Three grand-prize winners received $50,000 for their school's music program. There were 10 first-place winners, including Joplin, which won $25,000, and 60 schools won $10,000.
The contest was sponsored by Twentieth Century Fox Television, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and the National Association of Music Education and is named after the T.V. show "Glee."
Information from: The Joplin Globe, http://www.joplinglobe.com