The Adams County Christian School hosted the second annual “Adams County’s Got Talent” show to benefit the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life on Saurday, April 5. The talent show was presented by the Baker’s Dozen Cancer Relay for Life team from the West Union Church of Christ.
While the talent show was slated to begin at 5 p.m., the concession stand and silent auction began much earlier, so those filing in could have a look at what was available to bid on and grab a bite to eat before the festivities kicked off. Commissioner Stephen Caraway served as the Master of Ceremonies and greeted the audience, before giving some background for the Relay for Life. Judge Brett Spencer, Tom Marshall of Tireworld, and Joy Boyer served as the three judges during the competition.
The talent show was divided into two categories: the Junior Division and the Senior Division. The divisions were divided by an intermission with the Junior Division also being split by an intermission halfway through. Pastor Ron Baker of the West Union Church of Christ sang “His Eye Is on the Sparrow” during the intermission between the two halves of the Junior Division, and John Horn treated the crowd to a medley of songs played on his accordion during the intermission between the two divisions.
Fourteen-year-old Abby Faulkner started things for the Junior Division by singing “When I Was Your Man” by Bruno Mars. MacKayla Vogley, 16, sang “Let It Go” from Disney’s “Frozen,” dedicating the song to her grandfather, Ron Vogler. Dakota Nehus, 14, and Skyler Johnson, 14, performed “In the Name of Jesus” with Dakota playing an acoustic guitar and singing, while Skyler accompanied with his electric guitar. Delphia Pitre, 14, ended the first half of the Junior Division by singing the country song “Ol’ Red” acapello.
After the intermission and Pastor Baker’s song, the second half of the Junior Division was kicked off by Lilah McElroy, 10, singing “Beautiful Day,” which she dedicated to her voice instructor, David Gosset. Nicholas Fisher, 13, brought his cowboy hat and banjo to the stage, treating the audience to a medley of song, starting with “Train 45”, moving to “Cripple Creek” and “Foggy Mountain Breakdown,” and ending with a song almost everyone recognized “The Beverly Hillbillies Theme.” The animated, 11 year-old Taylor Morrison, got the crowd clapping as she sang “Hit to My Heart.” Daisee Young, 16, played the acoustic guitar and sang “Miles Away” as a duet with Julia Tackett, 15, ending the Junior Division performances.
John Horn’s accordion playing gave way to 18-year-old Shay Vogler starting the Senior Division with the piece “O Mio Babbino Caro” (“My Dear Father”) from the opera “Puccini” in its original Italian. Timothy Morrison treated the crowd to “Pass It On,” before Jennifer Griffis gave a unique performance in which she sang and signed the song “He Knows My Name.” Shawn Simmers followed with an original piece titled “Midnight Cry.” Paul Hughes delivered a powerful rendition of “Keeper of the Stars.” Finally Kara Shearer performed in the memory of Richard Shoemaker and Richard Grooms.
As the judges conversed and everyone was given time to enjoy some refreshments from the concessions and look over the silent auction items once more, Rosie Young from “The Brad and Rosie Show” on C103, performed. She invited the kids to get up and dance during “Won’t You Please Come Home,” and, after some were coaxed a bit by friends and family, many of the children were up near the stage dancing.
After the judges finished conferring, Paul Hughes and Lilah McElroy were awarded third place in their respective divisions, Karah Shearer and Taylor Morrison won second place, and Shawn Simmers and Nicholas Fisher took home first place. Ruby’s Beauty Shop and Conley Trophies sponsored the third place winner, Mustard Seed Montessori sponsored the second place winners, and Bess Construction and Rent to Own sponsored the first place trophies. The overall winner of the talent shows and winner of the $100 prize sponsored by Mills & Giles Contracting was Jennifer Griffis and her signed performance of “He Knows My Name.”
The silent auction was closed and the winning bidders were announced. The winners included Judge Brett Spender, Savannah Lehnhoff, Chase Riley, Nina McCann, Melissa Hendrix, Marcella Abbott, Becky McCann, Kendra Riley, Cynthia Osman, Karen Young, Jamie W., Bev Riley, Jackie Reeves, Sandy Baker, Bess Construction, Cathy Daley, Jamie Workman, John Horn, Steve Darby, Rebecca Simmers, Carol D., Kiara Swartz, Vicky Marchall, Ron Vogler, Pay Wylie, and Anita Hickie.