The "Building Bridges" Relay For Life team brought in $1,439 at the Tuscarawas County's Got Talent Show on Saturday, March 13.
In third place was 15 year-old Haley Bates of New Philadelphia. She was an amazing vocalist singing a cappella. Bates made it to the finals in "Canton Idol" and was the only freshman in the New Philadelphia Delphian Choral.
In second place was Alex Allesandri-Bruce. He is an incredibly powerful vocalist with much singing experience. He has performed at many other Relay For Life events and is a teacher.
In first place was the Lyrical Ballet group from the Melody & Motion, School of Performing Arts directed by Jessica Callender. The group includes Kira Smalley, Allison Vogel, Kiana Ghezzi, Elisabeth Stark and Shauna Cox. The group "wowed" the judges with their graceful performance to "Halo."
The event was emceed by Kirby Hasseman of Coshocton. Hasseman is the owner of Hasseman Marketing and Communications. He is an award-winning communicator and salesperson who chose to locate his business in his hometown.
Judges included Ryan Styer, Tuscarawas County prosecutor; Christopher Lipinski, Special Education director for the Newcomerstown Schools; Laura Weinzimmer, producer and co-creator of "Victory Canteen;" Susan Campbell, retired elementary music teacher and vocalist; and Ellen Hardesty, theater performer in over 40 productions at the Triple Locks Theater including the Actors Choice Awards.
Thank you to Silkworm Flowers, Heaven Scent Flowers and Terry's Pizza Shoppe for your donations to the talent show! The support of Tuscarawas County made this event a huge success. This event will be annual, so we will see you again next year!