Fourteen aspiring, young entertainers from Ashe County took part in the Fifth Annual Ashe Idol competition last month at Ashe County High School (ACHS), and four walked away victorious.
“The Ashe Idol was started as an opportunity for students in our school system to show off their singing abilities through a friendly competition while promoting music in our schools, as well as raising funds for the ACHS Choir for their many endeavors,” Andrea Gardner, choral director at ACHS said. “Students from around the county auditioned for the contest and 14 were chosen to compete in the competition.”
The competition divides contestants into four groups by grade-level: K-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12.
According to Gardner, members of the audience were allowed one vote per division (40 percent) and judges’ votes counted 60 percent.
This year’s winners were Calli Phipps (10-12), Brandi Woods (7-9), Hannah Little (4-6) and Aubreana Lovell (K-3).
Winners received a desk lamp and a $25 VISA gift card.
In addition to the winners, the following students also participated in the competition:
• 10-12: Hanna Jones, Kayra Osborne, Alexis Parks, Tyler Slaton and Whittney Spangler.
• 7-9: Bailey Bennett, Wendy Escobedo and Chelsea Thompson.
• 4-6: Summer Eller and Braylin Miller.
Gardner would like to extend thanks to master of ceremonies Dan McCauly, judges Stephen Lewis, Betty Upchurch, Rebecca Herman and Barry Aldridge, sound crewman Travis Bennett, choral parents Bobbie Church, Trish Wilson, Debbie Phipps, Susan Greer, Wendy Mahaffey, Kelley Blevins and all who came out to support the aspiring singers.
Alan Bulluck can be reached at (336) 846-7164 or on Twitter @albulluck.