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PA Cyber senior poised to be an "American Idol"

Mar 8, 2018

PA Cyber senior Gabby Barrett will continue to make her mark on the national stage when the new "American Idol" season premieres on March 11.

Barrett made the Top 24 cut as a finalist on ABC's reboot of the popular talent show. The show has moved from the Fox network, where it originated.

On social media, Barrett has invited fans to tune in and vote. She will go before the season's new judges — Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan. Ryan Seacrest is returning as the show's host. Singing before large crowds is nothing new for Barrett. The talented teen — whose singing style meshes country music with R&B soul — already has a promising career, having opened concerts for Keith Urban and Toby Keith, and performed throughout the Pittsburgh area.

Barrett said she is inspired by singer Carrie Underwood, who appeared on season four of American Idol, which she won and went on to win seven Grammy Awards and achieve success in film and TV. The show also launched the careers of Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, and Adam Lambert, to name a few, and offers more exposure for the young talent.

"Yes there are a lot of Singing Shows But I can honestly say I've never seen one like American Idol!!," she recently Tweeted.

PA Cyber CEO, Brian Hayden, said, "I know I speak for all of our students, families, staff and teachers, when I say 'We are in Gabby's corner, rooting for her and wishing her the best of luck as she takes the national stage to show the rest of the world what great talent she is.'"

Barrett began the arduous screening process of earning a spot on the show last August when she reported for the first audition in Disney Springs.

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Serving students in kindergarten through 12th grade, the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School (PA Cyber) is one of the largest, most experienced, and most successful online public schools in the nation. PA Cyber's online learning environments, personalized instructional methods, and choices of curricula connect Pennsylvania students and their families with state-certified and highly-qualified teachers, and rich academic content that is aligned to state standards. Founded in 2000, PA Cyber is headquartered in Midland (Beaver County) and maintains a network of support offices throughout the state. As a public school, PA Cyber is open for enrollment by any school-age child residing in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and does not charge tuition to students or families.