The 4-H Share the Fun Talent Show was held on Friday night, March 18, at Patrick County High School.
Nadia Burnett was the overall winner in the senior division singing “When We Were Young.” Josie Vernon won the junior division with her ballet dance “The Ballerina Song.”
The theme for the night was “4-H St. Patty’s Clover Talent Show.”
In the junior division four acts were chosen to move up to the area competition to be held on May 6 at Riverlawn Elementary School in Pulaski County. Josie Vernon will compete in the dance category. Representing Patrick County in the instrumental category will be Aaron Mullins on the violin playing “Ashokan Farewell.” Nicole Melendez will compete at the area competition in the vocal division singing “Hello” by Adele. Starring in the variety category will be Emma Nickelston with her flag routine to “The River”.
Senior acts moving up to the state competition to be held on June 28 at Virginia Tech included: vocalist Nadia Burnett singing “When we were Young;” combination act with Brody Boyd singing, playing the guitar, and playing the harmonica to “Heart of Gold” by Neil Young; and Logan Morrison on the flute playing “Narnia Lullaby”. All of these senior acts received a blue ribbon.
Senior acts receiving a red ribbon included: vocalist Shenandoah Pate singing “Almost Is Never Enough” and dance artist Mercedes Pate with “Our God.”
Blue ribbon winners in the junior division were: Instrumentalists: Aaron Mullins playing “Ashokan Farewell” on the violin; Isaac Mullins with “Fur Elise” on the piano; Emma Pendleton on the guitar with “Step It Up and Go;” and Sam Pendleton playing the banjo to “Foggy Mountain Breakdown.”
Other winners were vocalists Nicole Melendez with “Hello;” Aniya Penn singing “Hello;” and Taylor Smith singing “Stressed Out;” dance: Peyton Errichetti performing to “We Will Rock You;” Alexis Roberts dancing to “Fight Song’” and Josie Vernon with her ballet dance “The Ballerina Song;” and variety: Emma Nickelston with a flag routine, “The River.”
Red ribbon winners in the junior division were vocalists The Ararat Boyz: Branson Bolt, Jacob Smith, and Andrew Willard singing “The Only Way I Know;” Jessica Connor and Taylor singing “God’s Not Dead;” Keiko Klisiewecz singing “I Don’t Care Anymore” and Stephanie Rodriguez with “Hello, My Name Is;” and instrumentalists: Autumn Heath and Madeline Heath on the piano playing “My Heart Will Go On.”
4-H Camp slides were shown from last year’s 4-H camp as leaders begin preparation for the 2016 4-H camp to be held June 6-10 at W.E. Skelton 4-H Center at Smith Mountain Lake. 4-H Camp registration begins on Tuesday, April 5, and closes on Friday, May 6. Students are encouraged to get their registrations in early as classes are filled based on when registrations and camp fees are received.
The show was completely run and managed by the 4-H Teens in Action and a few adult assistants as Anna Goode controlled the sound system. Ben Byrd, Emily Handy, Melanie Handy, Hannah Smith, and Eli Roberson served as stage managers. Nadia Burnett and Katherine Connor served as mistresses of ceremony for the evening.
4-Hers also appreciate the judges: Maura Elkins, T’Keyah Hines, and George Ray. This show would not be possible without the elementary school talent show managers. Leaders are truly thankful for the support of all of the faculty, staff, and parents at each elementary school that make this show possible.