Winners of the fifth annual Franklin County’s Got Talent competition are, front row, Mckenzie Green. In the middle row are Adrianna Dudley, Angeline Quinn, Katelyn Holcomb and Chloe Coleman. In the back row are Noah Flint, Lauren Ghiringhelli, Michael Saul, Matthew Ghiringhelli, Megan Hodges and Harley Brown.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer
Dancers Adrianna Dudley, Katelyn Holcomb and Angeline Quinn took top honors Friday night in the fifth annual "Franklin County's Got Talent" competition in the high school auditorium.
This year, the competition featured an elementary division with 10 entries and a secondary division, also with 10 entries. Each division had a first, second and third-place winner.
Dudley, a student at Lee M. Waid, won first place in the elementary division. The team of Holcomb and Quinn, students at FCHS, won first place in the secondary division. First-place winners took home $150.
The second-place winner in the elementary division was dancer, Mckenzie Green, a student at Windy Gap. Taking second place in the secondary division was Psalms 100. The singers and instrumentalists in the group consist of middle school and high school students Lauren Ghiringhelli, Noah Flint, Matthew Ghiringhelli and Michael Saul. Second-place winners received $75.
Third place in the elementary division went to Chloe Coleman, a singer from Boones Mill. She received $50. Also receiving $50 and the third-place title in the secondary division were the BFMS dancing duo, Harley Brown and Megan Hodges.
The talent show featured a variety of acts from singing and dancing to gymnastics and instrumentals.
All proceeds from the talent show benefit the Franklin County Public Schools Education Foundation, a non-profit organization that strives to make a difference in the lives of at-risk students. The foundation directly helps students whose financial situation is negatively impacting their educational success.
Judges for this year's competition were Dave Campbell, Chinah Jewell and Tony Wright. Judges for last month's auditions were Andrea Brock and Nora Vitello.
The FCHS TV Production program filmed the event.
"We appreciate all the volunteers who make it a success every year," said Greg James, president of education foundation. "This event provides Franklin County students a way to show their skills in front of a large audience."
Contestants in the elementary division included:
•Emily Southern (gymnast)
•Brayden Smith (singer)
•Ryan Miller (dancer)
•Ashlin Hicks (singer)
•Adrianna Dudley (dancer)
•Alice Black (singer/songwriter)
•Judith Montgomery (dancer)
•Jeremiah Lee (singer)
•Mckenzie Green (dancer)
•Chloe Coleman (singer).
Contestants in the secondary division included:
•The Rockin' Ringers (instrumentalists) Ewan Benjamin, Mia Benjamin, Eli Chapman, Parker Chapman, Naomi Cooper, Cooper Myers, Elisabeth Myers, Andrew Riddle and Ben Riddle
•Danielle Foutz (dancer)
•Kaitlyn Nichols (singer)
•Harley Brown and Megan Hodges (dancers)
•Psalms 100 (singers/instrumentalists) Lauren Ghiringhelli, Noah Flint, Matthew Ghiringhelli and Michael Saul
•Katelyn Holcomb and Angeline Quinn (dancers)
•Andrew LaPrade (singer/guitarist)
•Ashdon Bailey and Hannah Roope (dancers)
•Ashley Johoske and Taylor Nickel (singers)
•Alexis Bollings (dancer).
This year's competition was sponsored by Member One Federal Credit Union, Haywood's Jewelers, Angie McGhee and Associates, Turner's Dock Building and Stone Engineering.
The foundation board seeks and accepts donations that can be used to enhance student learning, promote instructional endeavors and be used for special projects.
Anyone wishing to make a direct donation can send it to Franklin County Education Foundation at 25 Bernard Road, Rocky Mount, VA 24151 or contact Janet Stockton at (540) 483-5138. Donations are tax exempt.