Malvern Collegiate wins Down With Webster concert for prom night

TORONTO, May 12 /CNW/ - Local heroes Down With Webster return to Toronto next month to perform at Malvern Collegiate Institute's spring prom - a result of Malvern winning the provincewide online contest, "College Sounds Great."

"We're excited to be playing a school in the city we grew up (and graduated) in," said Cameron Hunter, one of the band's MCs. "I think that everyone imagines what it would be like to revisit their high school prom, so it should be a really great night."

The "College Sounds Great" contest was launched in December and ended last month. Eighty-two high schools from across Ontario entered the contest, which asked students to describe why college sounds like a great idea to them.

The top 10 high schools with the biggest share of entries were selected May 5 and the entries were judged by Colleges Ontario, the organization sponsoring the contest on behalf of Ontario's 24 colleges.

Malvern's entries included a video submission set to Down With Webster's song, Time to Win, that describes the excellent quality of postsecondary education provided at Ontario's colleges.

"This contest was a fun way to get students thinking about their future and the benefits of pursuing higher education," said Linda Franklin, the president and CEO of Colleges Ontario. "We received many excellent submissions from students across the province. It's clear that students are thinking seriously about their next steps after high school.

"Thank you to all of the students who participated in the contest and we congratulate Malvern on this great addition to their upcoming prom."

The College Sounds Great contest was part of the Ontario colleges' ongoing effort to encourage students to explore the range of postsecondary programs available at both college and university, and to choose programs that best suit their interests and strengths.

There are more than 600 programs available at colleges throughout the province, including programs in areas such as business, advertising, health care, IT, the culinary arts, the skilled trades, and much more. About 85 per cent of college graduates find employment within six months of their graduation.

"As countless graduates throughout the province already know, college education truly is a great way to help students fulfil their goals," Franklin said. "We encourage all students to explore the range of postsecondary opportunities available today and to choose the programs that are right for them."

SOURCE Colleges Ontario

For further information:

Sally Ritchie
Manager, Media Relations and Communications
Colleges Ontario
647 258-7686
647 217-4109 (Cell)

Marcus Tamm
Universal Music Canada
416 718-4119


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