Close competition in annual Caroling Contest

Published 9:30 am Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Two Clinton school choirs, the Bovina first- and second-grade choir and St. Francis Xavier were the big winners as the annual V105 Christmas Caroling Contest closed four days of competition for a share of $10,900 in prize money.

The finals were Saturday night at the Vicksburg Convention Center.

The Sumner Hill ninth-grade girls choir won the junior high choir division, while the high school division winner was Clinton High School’s Vivace. Runners-up in the high school division were Clinton Arrow 401, Vicksburg High Madrigals and Capital of Jackson Prep, while Enchanted and The Ruby Boys Chorale were runners-up in the junior high division.

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Bovina won the lower elementary division, while Sherman Avenue Elementary was runner-up. St. Francis won the upper elementary division, with Warren Central Intermediate, Bovina B’Dazzle and the Warrenton Elementary Honor Choir as runners-up.

Each winning choir took home $1,000, while each runner-up in the choir divisions received $500.

The winner in the teen small group division received $400, and the runner-up $200. Winners in the other divisions won $200, with the runners-up getting $100 each.

The winners also received an hour of free recording time from Hummingbird Recording Studio.

More than 1,000 people attended the preliminary competitions and finals, with more than 400 attending the finals, WVBD office manager Karen Kirk said.

“We had some of the best talent we’ve had in 12 years,” she said. “We had some excellent, excellent groups, and a number of performers from out of town.”

Besides Sumner Hill and Clinton High School, performers from Jackson and Pearl competed for a share of the prize money.

“We even has a mother-daughter duo from Copiah County,” Kirk said. “Word is getting out about the contest, and we’re seeing more out of town groups competing and giving the local folks some competition, but we still have some very good local talent.”

Other winners include:

• Children’s soloist division: Abby Layne Kelly, first; Emma Vincent runner-up.

• Junior high soloist division: Harrison Speed, first; Abby Grace Matthews, Lee Denton, Mary Robinson Coco and Aaron Graves, runners up.

• High school soloist division, Edison Brown, first; Ben Sanders, Laney McGuffee, Mary Kate Chisolm and Peyton Pierce, runners-up

• High school group division winner, Eminence, first; Rogers Wesley and Erika Collins, runners-up.

• Adult solo division, Tessa Scandizzo, first; Tanya Matthews, runner-up.

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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