Last weekend, the American Traditions Vocal Competition (ATC) celebrated its inaugural Junior ATC where eight student finalists competed for $1,500 in prizes during the Junior ATC Final Round on the evening of Nov. 9 at Savannah Arts Academy.

After performing in front of a live audience, the panel of judges comprised of David Pratt, Roger Moss and Dr. Briana Sosenheimer, selected the following student vocalists were announced as winners:

First Place – $750: Quiana Morris, Savannah Arts Academy (Savannah, GA)

Second Place – $500: Hanna Frampton, Paxon School of Advanced Studies (Jacksonville, FL)

Third Place – $250: Martin Juras, Savannah Arts Academy (Savannah, GA)

Mikki Sodergren is the Artistic Director of the American Traditions Vocal Competition (ATC) and works with the contestants, organizes concerts, and organizes the annual American Traditions Vocal Competition with the help of her board of directors, as well as plan outreach events. She said the focus of the ATC competition is to celebrate and preserve American music “by bringing in lauded, incredible singers from all across the country and world to compete for cash prizes, all while exploring gems of the American music repertoire.” The Junior ATC is a culmination of the last year of hard work and education initiatives.