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BC Idol is Crowned; Event Raises Funds for St. Columbkille School

CHESTNUT HILL, MA (2-21-11) --  Boston College junior Liz Peter was crowned winner of the 7th annual BC Idol, a competition featuring outstanding student musicians and singers that was held last week in Robsham Theater. The event, inspired by the popular Fox television program "American Idol," also raised $3635 to benefit the arts program at St. Columbkille Partnership School in Brighton.

Peter, a vocalist, sang “Rolling In The Deep” by Adele. She was accompanied by senior Timothy Shu on acoustic guitar.

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St. Columbkille student Libby Wu (Photo by Christopher Huang)

This year’s BC Idol event showcased, for the first time, singers and musicians from St. Columbkille’s who performed in between the 14 BC acts.

St. Columbkille performers were: Stayce Legagneur, an eighth-grader who sang “Halo” by Beyonce; Roisin O’Rourke, a fifth-grader who sang Christina Aguliera’s “Beautiful,” and Libby Wu, a third-grader who played “The Butterfly” on piano.

View a slideshow featuring some of the performers.

The BC Idol judges --all Jesuit priests-- were: graduate student Casey Beaumier, SJ, Lynch School of Education Dean Joseph O’Keefe, SJ, and Campus Minister Don MacMillan, SJ.

Assistant Director for Leadership Programs in the Boston College Student Programs Office Mer Zovko said, “It’s really a great opportunity to introduce some of the St. Columbkille students to a college campus and open some eyes – both theirs and our own BC students’ — to what it means to be part of a larger community.”

BC Idol is organized by students in Emerging Leaders Program and Undergraduate Government of Boston College, as well as BC’s Office of Governmental and Community Affairs and Lynch School of Education.

The Saint Columbkille Partnership School is a Catholic pre-kindergarten through grade 8 school located in Brighton.  In 2006, Saint Columbkille Parish, the Archdiocese of Boston, and Boston College entered into an historic partnership to save the finally troubled school by drawing upon the resources of the BC Lynch School of Education, best practices in American elementary education, and the guidance of Catholic educational, social, and religious principles in order to create a flagship Catholic school in Boston and a new national model of excellence in Catholic elementary education.