Our community has exceptional artists

Published 7:20 pm Monday, December 11, 2017

Vicksburg is a city that is full of talent and for 13 years much of it has been showcased during the V105.5 FM Radio Caroling Contest.

In addition to offering winners a piece of the $10,000 prize monies, Mark Jones, who is the radio station owner and general manager, said the competition also serves as a way to support the community and bring people together during the holiday season.

This year’s event was once again held at the Vicksburg Convention Center and lasted five days. Each night a division performed in preliminary contests and judges selected the evening’s finalists.

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Award winners include:

• High School Choir Division: Vicksburg High School Madrigals, first; Warren Central Total Sound, runner up

• Junior High Choir Division: Warren Central Junior High Choir, first place; Sumner Hill Junior High School Mixed Choir, runner up; Sumner Hill Junior High School Girls’ Choir, runner up

• Elementary Choir Division: South Park Pizzazz, first; St. Francis, runner up; The Beechwood Singing Bees, runner up; Bowmar Elementary 5th and 6th grade Crescendos, runner up

• Second Elementary Choir Division: Sherman Avenue Elementary, first; South Park Petite Pizzazz, runner up; Bovina Elementary 3rd and 4th grade Choir, runner up; Redwood Elementary Holiday Choir, runner up

• Junior High Soloists Division: Abbey Kelly and Robin Neblit, first place; Katie Hamm, second place; Emma Vincent and Pressley Brister, runner up; Genevieve Moore, runner up

• High School Soloists Division: Lee Denton, first place; Rogers Wesley, second place; Lera and Luba Rowell, runner up; Abbie Grace Matthews, runner up

• Adult Soloists Division: The Kelly Reeds Saxophone Quartet, first place; Tonya Matthews, second place; Katie Locke runner up; Hannah Miller, runner up

Local talent was also recognized this week when first grade students at Sherman Avenue Elementary School participated in a contest to design a logo for the National Institutes for Historically-Underserved Students.

Students from the school drew a butterfly, which is the symbol chosen by the NIH-US to represent the organization.

Dr. Chris Gilmer, who is a Vicksburg resident serves as the executive director of the organization and said a butterfly was chosen because it represents metamorphosis.

The school, classrooms participating and the winner will share about $1,100 worth of prizes.

More talent highlighted this week in Vicksburg:

Warren Central football players Walt Hopson and Jeremy Miller were chosen to play in the Bernard Blackwell All-Star Classic.