Sherman Central School Selected As Finalist Of NBC Competition

Sherman Central School has become a finalist in a national competition sponsored by NBC and Lowe’s, and it needs votes to win.

Sally Carr, Sherman Central School choir teacher, and her students have been selected as finalists for the NBC “Smash” Make A Musical Constructed by Lowe’s program. The program will help five schools, out of 30 finalists across the country, improve theater facilities via a $3,000 Lowe’s gift card. To win, Sherman Central School needs the community to visit and click on “Time To Vote!”

According to Carr, Sherman Central School became a finalist when a senior brought the contest to her attention just one day before the application deadline. The finalists were selected based on the answers in the application, she said.

“The application included several questions to determine the overall need for our district and a narrative to explain what we would do with the funds should we win,” said Carr. “We’ve sent home small memos to all of the students in the building so that their families would be aware of the voting. We’ve all shared the information with our friends on Facebook. I’ve also emailed all of the music teachers in Chautauqua County asking for their support.”

The top five finalists will receive a $3,000 Lowe’s gift card to improve facilities. According to Carr, Sherman Central School would use the money to refinish parts of its stage floor that are not smooth and flat, paint the stage and remove lights that are not needed and just take up valuable space. But, regardless of whether Sherman Central School wins, the experience has benefited the students, she said.

“Our community has yet again demonstrated the amazing capacity of coming together when needed,” said Carr. “The network of support is fabulous, and the experience has given our kids a boost of energy.”

The Sherman Central School music department involves every student in grades K-8 and nearly 80 percent of senior high students.

“This particular prize would benefit every student in our district at some point in their school years,” said Carr.

Michael Ginestre, principal of Sherman Central School, is greatly excited the school has become a finalist in the competition because the music program is truly unique and touches every student at Sherman, he said.

“Our music teachers put in countless hours in and out of the classroom to provide the very best in music programs for our students,” said Ginestre. “We are extremely excited to be recognized as a finalist, but even more exciting is the chance to provide additional resources to expand music opportunities for our students. We could not be more proud of our music students and teachers.”

For more information, call 761-6122. To vote, visit