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Paterson's 'The Voice' Contestant Wé McDonald Honored

Wé McDonald preforms Hallelujah originally sung by Jeff Buckley
Wé McDonald shakes hands with Councilman Luis Velez of Fifth Ward

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.

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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.”

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