Voting begins on NY Lottery singing contest

By Nicky Hickling

Voting begins on NY Lottery singing contest

March 13, 2014 Updated Mar 13, 2014 at 4:03 PM EST

(WBNG Binghamton) Voting began Thursday on the New York Sings contest featuring students from public schools across the state, including some from here in the Southern Tier.

The contest gives schools a chance to win $2,500, $5,000 or $10,000 to benefit their music education program. It was launched in February as part of the New York Lottery’s new mission for education campaign.

Guidelines required students to film themselves singing their own interpretation of “Thank You for Being a Friend.” The song, written by Andrew Gold, is featured in Lottery’s advertising campaign and was made popular as the theme of “The Golden Girls."

Finalists were selected by a panel from the Lottery and their advertising agency, DDB New York. Students were judged on creativity and uniqueness, quality of presentation, and display of talent.

The top three prize winners will be selected by the Lottery’s Facebook fans. Voting runs through March 27. The winners will be announced on March 31.

Binghamton’s Benjamin Franklin Elementary School is among those taking part in the competition. Chorus teachers Maggie Gallagher and Genie Johnston walked their fourth and fifth grade students through the process of making the music video.

View their submission below.