After stealing students’ hearts with his voice, Jordan Cole was named Arkansas Tech University’s Tech Idol 2014 winner. Cole is a senior electrical engineering major from Fort Smith.
The competition began Oct. 28 with 12 contestants vying for the title and a cash prize. Students who were previously selected to perform in the competition included Katelyn Friday, Jordan Cole, Austin Heffington, Jordan Ladyman, Emma McClung, Abbey Pierce, Chloe Robinson, Lindsey Triplett, Emily Shain, Alice Jane Spann, Samantha Smith and Josh Stewert.
Judges for Tech Idol included Director and Chief of Public Safety Josh McMillian, President Robin Bowen, last year’s Tech Idol winner Suede Graham and University Counsel Dr. Thomas Pennington.
On Oct. 30, contestants were divided into three groups. The final seven were selected based on their performance in the group competition, and the judges were able to save one contestant. Students selected Cole, Heffington, Pierce, Triplett, Spann and Friday, while Jordan Ladyman was saved by the judges.
After a second, individual performance, students voted Triplett as second runner-up, Ladyman as first-runner up and Cole as winner.
Cole sang “Back at One” by Brian McKnight in the final performance, and after he won, he performed the first song he sang in the competition, “Stay With Me,” by Sam Smith.
Cole said singing is one of his favorite activities, and he enjoyed competing despite his nerves.