Fluvanna Teachers Remember American Idol Hopeful

By: Althea Paul
By: Althea Paul

March 1, 2006

Only ten male contestants remain on American Idol, and as you may already know, one of them is from our neck of the woods. But just how talented was the former Fluvanna County student back in high school?

In an old home video, the teen rocking with his band at the '98 "Fluco Fest" was none other than American Idol hopeful Christopher Daughtry.

Even back then, some teachers at Fluvanna County High School who knew the contestant, remember seeing something in Daughtry.

"I doesn't surprise me because I remember he had a lot of drive. He was always very focused. But it's always kind of a surprise to see someone on the show and recognize them I guess," said math teacher, Jason Davis.

Daughtry was also involved in the school play, The Wiz. Fluco choral director, Horace Scruggs, helped the senior prepare for the performance.

"Because he wasn't a choral student, it was the first time for him really singing. I know he had done some rock stuff with a band that they had in high school. So it was a little rough and I thing he still has the rough style, the rock style rather that I've seen on American Idol," said Scruggs.

Some however thought Daughtry may have been well known for another talent.

"I knew him more as an art student. He was very good and I kind of expected him to maybe do something with that," said art teacher, Diane Greenwood.

Davis actually keeps one of Daughtry's drawings in his classroom, and is holding on to the signed and dated piece.

"He actually used charcoal and pen and pencil, but he did a great job and I actually bought it from him at the art show for $50. So hopefully he'll win and it'll be worth a fortune," said Davis.

Many at the high school do believe Daughtry has a good shot at being the next American Idol.

"We'll talk about him at lunch. You're watching tonight, got to watch tonight. So, we're excited about him," said Greenwood.

"He's been real good. He's probably going to win it I think," said Michael Tolliver, who knew Daughtry as well.

Viewers can catch Daughtry and all the other American Idol contestants at 8 p.m. on WAHU FOX 27 on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights.

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