Just days before school gets out for the summer, Wilshire Park Elementary School students were treated to a surprise concert Tuesday, June 3, by local singer and recent "The Voice" contestant Kat Perkins.
"Kat graciously offered to perform a concert at Wilshire Park and I saw it as a reward to the students and staff for a great school year," Principal Kari Page said.
Page, along with teacher Brook Schauf, whose spouse is Perkins' manager, arranged the concert in secret; the principal told staff about the show Tuesday morning before students arrived at the school.
"You were respectful, responsible, and ready to learn all school year. We are so proud of you and have a surprise for you," Page said to more than 700 students, gathered together just before 10 a.m. for the concert.
Perkins, a native of Scranton, North Dakota, has lived in Minneapolis for a decade and a half, and was greeted with excitement from the audience.
"I'm here to talk to you about achieving your dreams and doing things that make you really happy," Perkins said.
Following the three-song-concert, Perkins took questions from the students.
"Do you get scared or embarrassed when you sing?" a first grader asked Perkins.
A kindergartener asked, "How does it feel to sing?"
Perkins was eliminated from the show in the semifinal round May 13. "The Voice" is a singing competition that airs live on NBC. She was a member of "Team Adam," mentored by Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine.