Talent takes over Mt. Pleasant Area stage
The stage of the Mt. Pleasant Area Junior-Senior High School auditorium was filled with skills on Friday as more than a dozen students performed during the annual Mt. Pleasant Township Lions Club amateur talent contest.
“We are so appreciative of all the support that we receive throughout the year from the community with all of our fundraisers,” said club member Ronald Somers, the event's master of ceremonies. “This is something we have now been doing for the past 30 to 40 years, and its our way to give back to the community.
“It's a free event for everyone to attend and it's a nice way to see some of the talent that we have here in our area.”
A total of 19 acts entered this year and ranged from several singing and dancing performances to piano solos, jump rope performances and group numbers.
The students were divided into three groups for the competition.
Students from first to fifth grade competed in the first group, students in grades six to eight competed in the second group and students in grades nine to 12 competed in the third group.
“I think that this is a great opportunity for these kids to showcase their talents in a way that they may not otherwise have,” said Terry Struble, the district's superintendent and a club member. “There is a lot of talent in Mt. Pleasant and this gives them the chance to show that.”
A panel of judges selected a winner from each group and an overall winner was selected from the three top scorers.
The winners in the first group were Cadance Beer, 7, and Addisyn Hagerty, 5, who pleased the audience in attendance with a dual dance routine.
“Walking on Sunshine” was the song choice of Jordyn Bradley, 11, the winner selected from the second group, who performed the song while dancing to the music.
Ryley Anderson, 17, was selected as both the winner from the third group and the overall winner after he wowed the crowd with his rendition of Frank Sinatra's “Ain't that a Kick in the Head.”
Despite being a veteran of school plays who will perform in the school's upcoming staging of “Grease,” Anderson said he was surprised when he was selected as the event's top winner.
“I was really shocked,” Anderson said. “There were so many people who were as good, if not even better, than me.”
Club President Sam Snively said he enjoyed the night and was impressed with the talent.
“I thought that they all did a great job,” Snively said. “There are a lot of talented kids in our schools.”
The top three winners will have the opportunity to compete at the club's regional competition to be held in April.
Marilyn Forbes is a freelance writer.
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