By NEESEY PAYNE
Move over Simon Cowell, these cats have got talent. Pulaski County High School held its Cougars Got Talent contest Saturday, showcasing stars in the making.
Those participating in the contest left it all on the stage for a chance at cash prizes and an opportunity to represent PCHS in the Growing the Future Talent Show Finale to be held at Christiansburg High School.
Saturday night’s entertainment included a wide variety of acts. Brittney Price and Courtney Ratcliff kicked off the show with the song “Pretty, Unpretty.” Nick Conner rocked the stage on his drum set as he played along to Fall Out Boy’s “Sugar We’re Going Down.” Michael Sparta wowed the audience with his magic tricks, and Ebone Williams sang the classic Stevie Wonder song, “I Just Called To Say I Love You.”
Olivia Poole sang Beyonce’s song from the hit movie Dream Girls, “Listen.” Justin Linville played his guitar while singing “If It Means A Lot To You” by A Day To Remember; Carrie Pasco riled up the crowd with her clogging routine. Macy Ratcliffe and Jonathan Holcomb sang the ever-popular classic “Hallelujah” followed by James Ramey playing “Fur Elise” on piano. Ramey taught himself to play piano by ear.
Dressed in red, Katt Eads gave the audience a show with her rendition of “Gentlemen Aren’t Nice” by Emilee Autumn. Donald Luu showed off his freestyle, pop and lock dance moves and Mariah Hinton closed the competition with a song entitled “I Wonder Why” by Kelly Pickler.
Each act was judged based on appearance, creativity, skill, talent and quality of entertainment. The judges had to make some tough decisions, but finally after breaking a tie for fourth place, were able to award the top five winners.
First place ($200) – Mariah Hinton
Second place ($125) – Carrie Pascoe
Third place ($100) – Donald Luu
Fourth place ($75) – Macy Ratcliffe and Jonathan Holcomb
Fifth place ($50) – Olivia Poole
Hinton and Pascoe will represent PCHS as one of eight schools in the New River Valley Grow For the Future Finale Saturday, Oct. 20, 7 p.m., at Christiansburg High School. The winning act will receive $2,500 and $20,000 for his or her school for school improvement that will benefit the entire student body.
Admission for the finale is $10. Each school has received 110 tickets to sell in advance with proceeds going to each school.