The high school's choral group received the fifth-most votes in the country, with about 30,000, she said.
"That's pretty impressive for a small community like Ravenswood," Pitchford said.
The win couldn't have come at a more perfect time, she said, because next semester the group will put on a production of "Grease" and enter several regional competitions. The money will help purchase new equipment.
Most of the existing equipment, she said, is worn out and left over from the 1980s.
The group plans to buy new male uniforms and a couple of microphones, she said.
"In this day in age, $10,000 doesn't . . . go as far as you think," she said. "We are going to have to spend it wisely."
She said her group would continue to look for contests to enter or grants to apply for.
"I hope other schools in West Virginia try this out," she said. "It's great for the state and even better for these schools."
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