Arts & Entertainment

Paterson's 'The Voice' Contestant Wé McDonald Honored

7e89dcc69bca22ff8497_bb9b0135deea46fcf45c_10eb131c75e463bf0327_20161220_194056.jpg
058ec96a5225113f1497_20161220_193511.jpg
Wé McDonald preforms Hallelujah originally sung by Jeff Buckley
9e5f34a9d9bf49c1173b_20161220_194820.jpg
Wé McDonald shakes hands with Councilman Luis Velez of Fifth Ward
ab54e392bbc6aa207abc_20161220_194850.jpg
7e89dcc69bca22ff8497_bb9b0135deea46fcf45c_10eb131c75e463bf0327_20161220_194056.jpg

PATERSON, N.J.- December 20 was declared Wé McDonald Day in Paterson, by the city council.

Mayor Joey Torres requested the city council to approve his request to name December 20 Wé McDonald Day in Paterson. In his request Torres stated the importance for honoring McDonald for her “accomplishments and the inspiration she gave to the city's youth.”

McDonald is a 17-year-old from Paterson who previously placed third on this season of “The Voice.” were she was the youngest competitor. Currently enrolled in Jazz study at William Paterson University, McDonald has excelled in honors in acting, dance, and music.

Sign Up for E-News

On Tuesday night's council meeting, McDonald accompanied by Rosa L. Parks School of Fine and Performing Arts led by the choir director Mr. John Chapman, the group serenaded the audience with Christmas carols and a solo performance of Hallelujah by McDonald.

McDonald thanked her fellow Patersonians stating, “Thank you for the automatic support I received. I wouldn't have been able to get through all the training during the show.”

Paterson’s City Council members then voted all in favor to acknowledge December 20 Wé McDonald Day in Paterson. The motion was moved by Alex Mendez and seconded by all members.

City council members praised McDonald on her achievements, the inspiration she ignited within the city's youth and the bright future ahead of her. Although McDonald opened up on “The Voice” about being bullied stating, “I was bullied for the longest time and I was ashamed of who I was.” Council Member Andre Sayegh stated, “The most inspiring aspect of your story is the fact that you were bullied. So, all those bullies, look at her now. I only hope you continue to support Anti-Bullying.”

McDonald was awarded with a framed plague declaring December 20 to be Wé McDonald Day in Paterson.

City Council President William McKoy thanked the choir along with McDonald for the performance. He also thanked McDonald stating, “Thank you for placing Paterson on the map.”

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Paterson

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_37bea744a5f28e72f829_af33d62f-f10f-4753-a9e1-376748096a8b

Mon, June 25, 12:00 PM

International High School Auditorium, Paterson

Mental Health Forum

Health & Wellness

Carousel_image_3f27a97645e7103f9868_flyer__courthouse_plaza_programs_2018-page-001

Tue, June 26, 11:00 AM

Paterson Courthouse Plaza, Paterson

Tuesdays in the Plaza

Carousel_image_e87dccd9e01a34bb751a_17e72275-dfa6-4ff8-bbe8-8bc953cd5fcf

Wed, June 27, 9:00 AM

Paterson Fire Headquarters, Paterson

Job Fair

Business & Finance Police & Fire

African Heritage Parade a Success

June 18, 2018

Dear Editor: 

I am writing this letter to publicly apologize to the African Heritage Parade Committee and its chief organizer, Ms. Ada Pugh.

I’ll explain why. Throughout the years I have been quite critical of the parade. I would often offer scaving objections to the planning, preparation, and even down to the marching itself. I have a tendency to be tough. I won’t ...

Pou Bill to Assist Saving for Higher Education Through Tax Deduction Advances

June 19, 2018

TRENTON - A bill sponsored by Senate Commerce Committee Chairwoman Nellie Pou that would assist parents saving for their children's college tuition through a gross income tax deduction passed the Senate Higher Education Committee today.

"This bill will give parents another incentive to save for their children's higher education," said Senator Pou (D-Passaic/Bergen) ...

Pascrell, Nadler, Congressional Colleagues Make Surprise Visit to ICE Detention Center to See Separated Families, Jail Conditions

ELIZABETH, NJ – This morning, U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09), and Reps. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY-10), Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY-08), Frank Pallone (D-NJ-06), Carolyn Maloney (D-NY-12), Adriano Espaillat (D-NY-13), and Albio Sires (D-NJ-08) arrived at the ICE Detention Center in Elizabeth, New Jersey on Father’s Day morning and demanded to see the parents of families ...

Sports Betting Is Off And Running in New Jersey

June 15, 2018

OCEANPORT, NJ — Governor Phil Murphy officially ushered in sports betting in New Jersey when he made the initial wager at Monmouth Park  on June 14.

Governor Murphy, an avid soccer fan who has called ESPN’s “Sportscenter” his favorite show, placed the first bet  — $20 on Germany to win the World Cup. He also bet $20 on the N.J. Devils to ...