Look no further than John Burroughs High School to find the national grand champions of all high school choirs in the United States.
After months — and for some students, years — of work, two choir teams at John Burroughs High School secured the greatest prizes in the high school show choir world when they performed before 4,800 people and several judges at the Arie Crown Theater in Chicago on April 27.
When the Powerhouse team of 52 students took the stage to tell a story about a chorus girl trying to make it big in 1930s Hollywood, they knew the competition was close.
And all eyes were on them.
"It was definitely one of the biggest audiences that we've ever preformed for live," said Brendan Jennings, the director of the Burroughs' choir teams.
After all 19 co-ed teams had given it their best, it came down to Powerhouse and a choir team from Los Alamitos High in Long Beach.