by Clyde Pack
announces MCHS Big Sandy Idol Participants
Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) is pleased to recognize the Magoffin County High School participants who were selected to be in the local-level competition of Big Sandy Idol at MCHS.
Big Sandy Idol, sponsored and organized by the Music Department of BSCTC, is a talent and scholarship competition that offers two winners from each school a chance to compete for a demo CD recording, a full-album recording, a $1,200 vocal scholarship to attend BSCTC, along with a spot with the Big Sandy Singers who are directed by Laura Ford Hall. At the local level high school shows, The Big Sandy Singers serve as the judges as well as perform at the beginning and end of the show.
The college will be bringing the Big Sandy Idol Talent and Scholarship Program to all 16 high schools in Pike, Floyd, Johnson, Magoffin, and Martin Counties where each student chosen to participate sings one full song. Two winners are picked from the group of singers and these two winners from each high school will advance to compete at the regional-level of competition, held at BSCTC in early 2007.
Clayton Case, who was recently hired as BSCTC's Music and Drama Assistant Director, serves as the coordinator of the Big Sandy Idol Program. Case, along with Hall and Technical Director Timothy Cooley, have worked to organize sign-ups, auditions, and shows for each high school.
Through the sign-up and audition process at MCHS, of 37 auditionees, 13 students were chosen to compete at the local level - in front of the student body. At this competition, several students were recognized for their ability and two First- Place Winners were chosen.
Third-Place winners were Brandon Mullins and Daniel Russell. Second-Place winners were Chase Russell and Audreanna Helton. The Freshman/Sophomore First-Place Winner was Lindsey Carty who sang “Bye Bye.” The Junior/Senior First-Place Winner was Nathan Arnett who sang and played guitar to “Erase the Miles.”
MCHS Juniors Alison Lovely and Chase Lewis, who are members of the Kentucky Opry Junior Pros, served as special entertainment for the show and accompanied several of the singers with background music and vocals.
Both Carty and Arnett will receive a demo recording as a prize and will go on to compete in regional competition for a full-album recording or college scholarship. The first and second place winners were accepted into the Big Sandy High School Singers. As part of the Big Sandy High School Singers, the students will have opportunities to perform for the eastern Kentucky community and also to receive vocal and stage training from Hall and Case.
The album recordings will be recorded on the Big Sandy Prestonsburg Campus at the Big Sandy Productions Studio with Technical Director Timothy Cooley as producer.
“There is a great amount of talent in Magoffin County,” Case said. “I was so proud of all of the students who participated. They each did a wonderful job and they were very supportive of each other even though they were in competition. I am happy for each of them, and commend each of them for their talent.”
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