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announces BLHS Big Sandy Idol participants

Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) is pleased to recognize the Betsy Layne High School participants who were selected to be in the local-level competition of Big Sandy Idol at BLHS.
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 BLHS, of 18 auditionees, 9 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.
Second-Place winners were senior Kayla Case and junior Douglas Hall. Two students tied for first place: junior Brennan Case who sang “Country Boy” and senior Waylon Nelson who sang “Live Like You Were Dying.”
Both Case and Nelson 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 place winners were also 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 at Betsy Layne,” Case said. “I was so proud of all of the students who participated. They each did a wonderful job and the school had such remarkable school spirit and support for their fellow students. I am happy for each of them, and commend each of them for their talent.”
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