Winner: “S.O.S.” by MO5AIC/Josh Huslig Runner Up: “The Baddest Girl” by Scott Hoying on PTX, Vol. 1 by Pentatonix
Best Scholastic Original Song
“Something in the Water” Music: Brianne Holland, Lyrics: Markie Gray on Late Nights, Parades by Men in Drag (U Chicago) Runner Up: “Mannequin” by Micaela McCall and Chris Jobe on Life’s So Lyricalby Forte (Centerville High School)
Winner: “Gold Digger (feat. For the Love of the Money)” by Courtney Mickens on Seamless by AcaBelles (FSU) Runner Up: “Plane” by Marianne Cheng on A Kick & A Wallop by Loreleis (UNC)
Best High School Album
Winner: Life’s So Lyrical by Forte (Centerville HS) Runner Up: TAG This by The A Cappella Group (Cypress Lake Center for the Arts)
Best High School Song
Winner: “Celebrate Remix” on Life’s So Lyrical by Forte (Centerville HS) Runner Up: “Tightrope” on The Beginning by Vocal Rush (Oakland School for the Arts)
Best High School Solo
Winner: Sarah Vela for “Let Us Be Loving” on The Beginning by Vocal Rush (Oakland School for the Arts) Runner Up: Quinton Thomas for “A Change is Gonna Come” on TAG This by The A Cappella Group (Cypress Lake Center for the Arts)
The 2013 CARA Awards were directed by Julia Hoffman and Jon Pilat.
Joseph Bates Charlie Forkish Julia Hoffman Thomas “Tekay” King Jon Pilat Steve Ryan
The coordinators also chose 82 fans and performers of varied backgrounds to consider each of the albums submitted to the CARAs and to complete nominations. Anyone holding a current or former affiliation with a group or album under consideration is not allowed to take part in the consideration of that award. To the nominators and judges: Thank you all for your many hours of work! You are much appreciated!
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