Grimm performs for student achievers at East Hancock

HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Michael Grimm is making a name for himself singing the blues. Thursday morning, he celebrated a blue ribbon achievement at East Hancock Elementary School.

Grimm, a past winner of America's Got Talent is a Hancock County native. And he hasn't forgotten from where he came. Thursday's visit to East Hancock was to applaud the students for their Blue Ribbon accomplishment.

"So congratulations to y'all. And give yourselves a round of applause," Grimm told the students.

But the tables turned on the blues sensation. The students applauded Michael Grimm. After all it's not every day a celebrity visits the campus.

"That's a lot of love to take in, when they're all screaming and applauding for me when they've made such an excellent achievement here at the school," said Grimm.

Principal Tara Ladner said, "He's from Hancock County and what it does, it shows them anything is possible. Their dreams, whatever they are, can be fulfilled."

It was four years ago when Grimm's dream of performing for a national audience came true. Overnight, he was launched to stardom after winning the America's Got Talent competition. He's now in the process of recording three new CDs.

"Trying to get a Christmas one ready for when the season comes around," explained Grimm, "and working on a gospel CD, along with an original CD. So I've got a lot of stuff in the works right now."

Honoring students at East Hancock Elementary is just one reason Grimm will spend the weekend on the Coast. He will serve as Grand Marshal in the St. Paul's Carnival Association parade Sunday afternoon in Pass Christian. And Friday night at 10pm, Grimm will perform at 'Crickets Honky Tonk' on the corner of Lakeshore and Lower Bay roads. The $25 entry fee includes all you can drink.

After his visit to East Hancock Elementary, Grimm headed to Hancock High School to make a high school senior's wish there come true. Lauren Deschamp's Senior Wish was to meet her idol Michael Grimm, so he surprised her with an unexpected visit.

The school grants wishes to all of its graduating seniors as a way to celebrate their academic accomplishments. Wishes granted in the past include a student who wanted to be treated like a king for a day.

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