'Central's Got Talent' Showcases Impressive Skills

Mackenzie Helm-SisneyDreams were made for a few high school students at Central Methodist University on Friday, December 7, who walked away with pride in their talent and scholarship offers in their hands. 

“Central’s Got Talent,” sponsored by CMU’s Division of Fine and Performing Arts, awarded two high school students full-tuition scholarships to Central Methodist, and also awarded other scholarships to all students who competed. 

The competition included both performance and essay contests to determine the winners. Categories included instrumental and piano, vocal, praise music, theatre, and theatre design.

Two overall winners received full-tuition awards, and first and second place awards also were given in each of the five talent categories.

Even for those who competed and didn’t finish in one of these places, scholarships were given. All 30 competitors walked away with offers.

The overall winners, who were honored with the top prizes of full-tuition scholarships which amount to $24,300 per year, were Abbey Engelmann from Sainte Genevieve, who competed in Voice, and Makenzie Helm-Sisney from Sullivan, who competed in Instrumental (trombone).

First place winners in each category were awarded $19,440 in scholarships per academic year. They included Taylor Graham from Sikeston, who competed in Voice; Maureen Hennessy from Independence who competed in Instrumental; Ryanne Burks from Springfield, who competed in Music Ministry; and Kayla Wainscott from Butler, who competed in Theatre.

Second place winners were Ira Meek from Kearny, who competed in Voice and won an $18,500 per year scholarship; Audrey Froning from Bland, who competed in Instrumental and won a $17,010 per year scholarship; and Elyse Travis from Coatsburg, Ill., who competed in Music Ministry and won a $17,010 per year scholarship.

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