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CTE goes Live on May 5

CTE goes Live welcomes 16 new contestants from Knox County high schools who will perform live on the Central High School stage at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 5. The event will be televised on Comcast Channel 10 and streamed live by Toyota Knoxville and Lexus of Knoxville. Jack Ryan from Merle FM and Tracey Speeks from Stellar Vision & Sound will emcee.


Hosted by Knox County Schools Career and Technical Education (CTE) Foundation, CTE goes Live serves a much broader purpose than giving student performers live stage experience. In addition to showcasing the vocal talents of Knox County high school students, the event gives CTE students real-life experience with special events.


Students in graphic design classes create all event flyers and posters; students in photography classes provide photography and video services for the event; construction classes help build and dismantle the stage; students in TV/radio classes provide radio and web broadcasting; criminal justice students shadow officers from the Knoxville Police Department to provide security in Market Square; and students in cosmetology work to help make contestants stage ready.


The winner of CTE goes Live is awarded one recording session with Nash10 Studios in Nashville, Tennessee, resulting in a fully produced, radio-ready, mastered track. The 2015 CTE goes Live winner, Emily Ann Roberts, was coached by Blake Shelton on The VoiceSeason 9, where she took second place.


This year, there are two returners from last year’s Live: Kendal Condra from Carter High School and Braden Thayer from Farragut High School, who took third in 2015 during his first appearance and second last year. The 2016 winner, Mia Whitmore, will also perform.


Rehearsals are held every Tuesday from 6-8:30 p.m. at Stellar Vision and Sound (2020 Dutch Valley Dr), the last will be Tuesday, May 2.


Set up for Live will begin at 1 p.m. Sound check will begin at 4 p.m. Performers will head to B&B Salon for hair and makeup—completed by Byington Solway cosmetology classes—at 6 p.m. In case of rain, the event will be held at Central High School (5321 Jacksboro Pike).


CTE goes Live is presented by Toyota Knoxville and Lexus of Knoxville. Additional sponsors are as follows:

  • Staging, sound and lighting: Stellar Vision & Sound
  • Production: M&M Production
  • Facebook Live Voting: Holston Gases
  • Green Room: McGaha Electric


Please note that two or more members of the Knox County Board of Education may be present.