The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

October 8, 2011

David Cook plays JHS homecoming

Wal-Mart brings American Idol winner to Joplin to surprise students

By Alexandra Nicolas

JOPLIN, Mo. — When singer and songwriter David Cook arrived at Memorial Hall late Saturday night to perform at the Joplin High School homecoming dance, it was after months of speculation about which big name would visit Joplin.

Rumors had flown for months about a nationally known musician playing JHS homecoming. Guesses had included the Black Eyed Peas and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. 

According to Joplin School District  Superintendent C.J. Huff, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. arranged for Cook to play the show at homecoming, and will be making $100,000 to Joplin Bright Futures. 

Huff said the event was being “played very close to the vest,” to keep Cook’s performance a surprise for the students. 

Cook was raised near Kansas City, Mo, and is the winner of the seventh season of the popular reality series American Idol. Since then he has released two albums and is currently on tour.

Globe staff writer Josh Letner contributed to this report