Woolfpack swoons for Braden River High's Sam Woolf

srocco@bradenton.comFebruary 26, 2014 

EAST MANATEE — The Woolfpack showed up just before 8 p.m. Wednesday wearing schmaltzy Walmart tees, each emblazoned with a blue-eyed beast, that they bought for $7.97 the night before.

“This is a big night for us, a big night for him,” said Don French, Braden River High School assistant principal, to his students. “If you’re here to socalize -- go home.”

About 100 students cozied up in the school’s auditorium Wednesday to root for one of their own, "American Idol" contestant Sam Woolf, a Bradenton native vying for the singing competition’s top slot.

Squeals and screams would erupt each and every time the 17-year-old crooner showed his dreamy mug on camera.

“It’s so weird seeing our school in the news and on camera when you see other schools on TV for this kind of stuff all the time,” said junior Stephanie Rinehart. “Our school really supports him.”

Woolf was one of the last performers in the two-hour show appearing about 1:45 into the two-hour episode of "Idol."

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