TOMAH, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – The Tomah community is rallying its support for teacher, and NBC Voice contestant, Aaron Scott. Even though Scott’s run ended last night after getting knocked out during the battle rounds, his co-workers say they couldn’t be prouder. First News at Nine’s David LaClair reports.
Tara Palmer, Tomah High School math teacher, said, “It was really exciting, even though the outcome wasn’t exactly what we wanted or what we thought should have happened.”
Palmer has watched The Voice for years but was especially excited this year to watch fellow Tomah teacher and singer Aaron Scott’s time on NBC’s The Voice, for whom music has been a lifelong dream, since singing in church as a kid.
Aaron Scott, The Voice season 19 contestant and Tomah resident said, “I just kind of grew up loving music, and it was really around high school that I started getting into rock music when I was in football.”
It was later after being influenced by his bosses who saw his band in concert in September 2019 that led Scott to audition for The Voice.
“I signed up in December, went down to Nashville in January for their open-auditorium auditions. You kind of want to think the very best, that you’re going to at least get one chair turned. You got to have this positive mindset, but then there is that other side ‘ok, what if nobody turns’,” said Scott.
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Despite being knocked out of Monday’s battle rounds for Team Blake, overall Scott is grateful for the extra validation, especially with music being a major outlet to overcome anxiety and depression.
Scott said, “It taught me that I had a lot more in me all along that I gave myself credit for, and that gave me the ultimate push and confidence just to go all out.”
In the high school, we decorated his door after the blinds, and just said congratulations, awesome job, hashtag Team Blake. There was an opportunity to do on the hashtag, TeamAaronScott shirts. So, we’ll continue to wear those and support him and his family,” said Palmer.
“I have nothing but love and respect for my teammates, for everybody on the show. Honestly, I’m one of many people who have overcome a lot just to be on the show and to endure everything we have at this point,” said Scott.
Palmer said, “Students look up to him and even the community, he gave us a light in this dark time.”
David LaClair, First News at Nine.