A standing-room-only crowd attended the Puttin’ on the Past scholarship fundraiser event at Wetumpka Elementary School’s Activity Center.
This annual lip sync contest is sponsored by the Alabama Alpha Iota Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary organization for women educators united in the ideals of education.
The proceeds from Puttin’ on the Past funds two scholarships at Auburn University-Montgomery: the Emily Milner and the Annie May Morriss Memorial Scholarships, named for two charter members of the Wetumpka chapter.
The scholarship recipients must be graduates of or teach in the Elmore County school system. Alpha Delta Kappa members also support the Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children in Birmingham, the Alzheimer’s Association and the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis.
The talented participants in fourth through eighth grades treated the audience with a variety of past hits, taking them down memory lane.
The group The Cupidettes, featuring Abby Mullino, Haylie Campbell and Harley Richardson took first place, performing to “Stupid Cupid.” Second place was awarded to the Manhattan Cousins, featuring Nellie Millergren and Paisley Williams performing “New York, New York.” Third place was awarded to The Sister Act, Jessa Wyatt and Mallory Glass, who entertained with “Let’s Get Together.”
June Carpenter served as the emcee for the evening’s event. Judges included Matt Breland, a meteorologist with Alabama News Network; Patricia Carstarphen, the president of the Montgomery Education Retirees Association; and Diane Hudson, Alpha Delta Kappa’s Southeast District chairman-elect.
Appreciation for support and help behind the scenes is extended to Wetumpka Elementary School; Gigi Hankins, music editor; Jeff Glass, theater teacher at Wetumpka High School and his students for lighting and videography; and Wind Creek Hospitality, River Perk and Our Place Café for donating gift certificates.
Alpha Delta Kappa promotes excellence in education, altruism and world understanding.