"Other schools charge their kids, and we don't," he said.
Ely, who was featured in the school's contest entry video, has been part of the music program since he was a freshman and said he started because the choir "is a blast. Getting on stage and performing isn't really like anything else."
He said he wants to make sure that "Glee"-ful feeling stays, and the money from the contest could put some minds at ease.
"Students are just heavily worried about where the program is going, how we are going to get stuff," Ely said. "It's just nerve-wracking."
Senior Ashley Mullins started performing in the show choir, Rave Revue, when she was a sophomore. Although any potential prize money would benefit the program after she is gone, the people in it "are pretty much like my family," she said. "Them getting the money would be just as exciting as if we were getting it."
For Mullins, also a cheerleader and a majorette, being in show choir gives her another way to express who she is as a student.
"It's something that, once you get in to it and you learn to love it . . . it keeps kids out of trouble," she said. "And it's an outlet for a lot of kids."
Jordan Sheets, a junior, agreed that the music program is "a giant family. It's a good way to make friends, and it makes high school a lot easier when you are well-rounded."
Pitchford said that even if the program doesn't win, just the experience of the competition has been great for the community.
"It has been such an emotional uplift. I've got chills right now thinking about how people are supporting this. So if we don't win anything -- you know what? -- we don't win it, but it has been a good ride. It has been so much fun," she said.
"This has given publicity to the whole state. It's not about Ravenswood. It's about every show choir in our state because the economy is such that we all need this support."
Voting ends at 11:59 p.m. Monday. People can vote once a day from their smart phones or personal computers at www.gleegiveanote.com.
The total number of votes is part of the final judging criteria as well as relevance to music education, originality, creativity and emotional and inspirational reaction to the entrant's video.
Winners will be announced Dec. 15.
Reach Kathryn Gregory at kathr...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5119.