Rock star wannabes attended the first Annual Guitar Hero competition at Shoreline Community College on Saturday, April 11. Competitors ranged in age from 11 to 50 and came from the college, Shorewood, Shorecrest and Kings high schools and Einstein, St. Luke and Kellogg middle schools. And they all tried their best to win the “rock star” title.
Event Coordinator Amy Stapleton said that even though the majority of contestants entered the expert level, there were plenty of people who “played their socks off” for the easy, medium and hard levels. Stapleton said that all the participants had equal passion for winning their level of competency and that was clear. The theater and classrooms were bursting with music, laughter and energy.
The individual level contests were held in classrooms near the Campus Theater, where the semi-finals and finals took place. Each room had large projection screens so the contestants could really get into the “rocker” mood. The theater offered a gigantic screen with cool lighting that resembled a gigantic music studio.
The Shoreline Community College Foundation and KEXP Radio co-sponsored the event. Ritva Manchester, SCC Foundation Acting Director said, "This was a new venue for us, it was a fun departure from the usual events, we are always looking for innovative ways to attract potential students to our campus."
“We look forward to bringing this competition to the community annually,” said Stapleton.