Here we come a-caroling: Annual contest heads to final performance

Published 9:00 am Sunday, December 10, 2023

Preliminary winners have been chosen and now a final competition will determine the winners of the 18th annual V 105.5 Caroling contest.

More than 50 entrants submitted recordings, radio station production manager Amanda Harris said. And from those recordings judges selected the top scorers from each of nine divisions. Harris said they will go on to compete for $10,500 in prize money during a live show which will begin at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Vicksburg Convention Center, 1600 Dr. Briggs Hopson Blvd. Tickets for the final competition are $5 and free for ages six and younger and are available at the door.

Harris said the three judges who judged the preliminary round, will also be judging the finals.

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“They are all from the Jackson area and two are music teachers,” Harris said. And the third is a radio station owner.

Those competing in the live show are:

Lower Elementary – Bovina Elementary, singing “Hip Hop Reindeer.”

Upper Elementary – South Park Elementary, singing “Come All Ye Faithful”; Redwood Elementary, singing “The Chipmunk Song”; Warren Central Intermediate, singing “Jingle ALLLL The Ways”; and Porters Chapel Elementary, singing “Sing We Now.”

Junior High – AOI Southern Synergy Choir, singing “Christmas Time Is Here”; Vicksburg Catholic School 7th Grade Choir, singing “Christmas in about Three Minutes”; AOI 7th Grade Treble Choir, singing “What Child?”; and Vicksburg Catholic School 8th Grade Choir, singing “Mary Sat A Rockin.”

High School – Warren Central Total Sound, singing “Festive Pat-a-Pan” and Vicksburg Madrigals, singing “Ding-a-Ding-a-Ding.”

Adult Choir – Vicksburg Chamber Choir

Adult Soloist/Duets – Tim Goodson, singing “Oh Holy Night”; Doug Spires, singing “The Christmas Song”; Duet Celeste Constancio and Andrew Cochran, singing “Baby It’s Cold Outside”; and Erika Wheeler, singing “White Christmas.”

Young Soloist – 6-year-old Skye Denton, singing “Born On Christmas Day” and 12- year-old Belle Spires, singing “You’re A Mean One Mr. Grinch.”

Lower Teen Soloist/Duets – 15-year-old Laney Hunt, singing “Noel”; 14-year-old ZoeBelle Pittman, singing “Santa Tell Me”; 15-year-old Cara Gray, singing “Merry Christmas Baby”; and duet 15-year-old Laney Hunt and 14-year-old ZoeBelle Pittman, singing “A Hand For Mrs. Claus.”

Upper Teen – 16-year-old Jonah Wade, singing “It’s Beginning To Look A lot Like Christmas”; 17-year-old Kylie Pitts, singing “Let There Be Peace”; and 17-year-old Camden Flowers, singing “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.”

The V105.5 radio station will have a playback show with all participants from 11 a.m. until 2p.m. on Dec. 8.

“You can hear it on the radio on 105.5FM or you can stream it on” Harris said. “We also have an app for your smartphone. In your app store, it is vicksburgradio.”

Harris said the live performances will also be recorded and played on the Christmas Playback Show which will air Dec. 23 beginning at 6 p.m. and will play through Christmas night on V105.5.











About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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