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Cricket Wireless Doubles Announced Prize

Updated: March 06, 2012, 11:55

Tenn: The Franklin High School Marching band was awarded a check on Monday after winning an online competition sponsored by Cricket Wireless.

The grand prize was $5,000, however during the check presentation Cricket Wireless surprised the students by doubling the prize money to $10,000.

"We thought it was $5,000 and I found out last week that it was going to be $10,000 so we kept it from the kids because we wanted it to be a surprise for them today," Band Director David Aydelott said.

The high school was among 10 Mid-State marching bands competing in the contest.

The winner was determined by the band with the most online votes.

"The kids were great because they would go into the library and log onto to every computer in the library and vote every day and they were voting on their phones and just any kind of place they could find to put a vote," Aydelott said.

Along with the check presentation, the grand prize also included a mini concert by Grammy nominated husband and wife country duo Thompson Square.

The couple took time to answer questions from the students, as well as sign autographs and pose for pictures in the hallway.  

"If they are in concert band or marching band they have a love for music, so anytime we can talk to them and maybe give them so advice or just share our story and possibly help them reach a dream that is a good thing," Shawna Thompson told Nashville's News 2. 

Everyone was happy to win the contest, but one group that especially excited was band parents who spend countless hours volunteering and fundraising for the band.

"We were excited when we won $5,000 so when we found out, hey, just overnight it was doubled, that was just fantastic," said band parent Marie Hurley.

The Franklin High School band will spread out the money through the band's many programs.

Director Aydelott said they may use some of the money to help fund travel expenses for band members who compete on the national level.

By Todd Dunn, Video Journalist WKRN.com

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