It's an honor just to be nominated.
That's how one Lake Worth High School choir teacher felt after he was so close to taking home a Grammy.
John Weatherspoon was up for the Music Educator Award and even made it to the top 10 finalists, but ultimately wasn’t chosen as the winner.
“I’m really blown away. Top 10 out of 2,800 people. That’s incredible. I think it’s a testament to the hard work that goes on with music education in general,” said Weatherspoon.
Weatherspoon was nominated for his love of music and passion for teaching.
“We teach community and we teach it like no other subject can,” said Weatherspoon.
While Weatherspoon didn’t win the award, he’s still happy with how far he’s come.
“I’m grateful. I wanted to win because that’s who I am, but really wanted to win for our school,” said Weatherspoon.
His students are still very proud of him too.
“We were really bummed, but even though he didn’t win we feel like we won,” said Ada Weatherspoon.
Next year he is prepared to try again.
“I am a fighter for the underdog. I love seeing the underdog win when it happens and it seems rare, but it’s something that can happen,” said Weatherspoon.
As a top 10 finalist Weatherspoon and his class still received a prize of $1,000.