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Sweet Briar College wins national contest, earning Rachel Platten visit

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SWEET BRIAR (WSLS 10) - Rachel Platten will perform at Sweet Briar College on Saturday, May 7, 2016.

According to a news release, the singer/songwriter known best for her hits "Fight Song" and "Stand by You" will start her one-hour concert and Q&A at 7:00 p.m. in the Upchurch Field House in the Fitness and Athletics Center.

Chegg, the Student Hub, in partnership with bareMinerals Blemish Remedy, announced Sweet Briar received the most votes in an online competition to snag the once-in-a-lifetime visit.

Sweet Briar will also receive a $10,000 grant for its music department from Chegg's David B. Goldberg Music Scholarship fund.

The victory is special for Sweet Briar, which nearly shut down in 2015.  "Fight Song" became the anthem for students and alumnae, who raised more than $12 million in a campaign that reversed the previous administration's decision to close the school.

As of Tuesday, May 2, more than 500 tickets were claimed.