REED CITY — The fourth annual Teen Talent Show held last Friday at the Reed City High School Cafeteria was a great success. Sponsored once again by the Mecosta Osceola Coalition to Reduce Underage Drinking, the talent show offered teens in the area a chance to shine in front of family and friends.

Judges for the event included the Honorable Judge Susan H. Grant, Prosecutor James Sims II, and Chief of Police Chuck Davis. They had the difficult job of judging these seven talented acts. Contestants were being judged on originality, performance and stage presence. The three highest scoring acts would receive cash prizes of $100 for First place, $75 for Second and $50 for Third which was all donated by local businesses. The event also included water and sucker sales for the crowd to enjoy.

The proceeds went to MOCRUD.

Newly crowned Reed City Queen Celeste Wallace was host for the night, while Jim Brodoski managed the sound for the performers.

Every one of these teens did a great job and should be proud of their performances. It takes a lot of courage to get up on stage in front of a crowd. this year’s performers included:

  • Trevor Humphrey, a sophomore at Chippewa Hills High School, has been playing drums for four years. He performed drums to Micheal Jackson’s “Thriller.”
  • Jordan Diane Allers, a freshman at Morley Stanwood High School, sang “Rolling in the Deep” by Adele. Jordan has been singing for about eight years.
  • Renee Humphrey graduated this past spring from Chippewa Hills High School. She loves singing and had recently had the opportunity to try out for American Idol Season nine in Chicago. She sang “Undo it” by Carrie Underwood.
  • n Savannah Argersinger is a sophomore at Marion High School. She has been teaching herself to play the guitar since Christmas and she performed a song she wrote titled “For Your Ears Only.”
  • Tristin Hartley, a Reed City sophomore, and Natalie Baughan , a freshman, have been dancing together for years. Taking classes in ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, and hip hop, they are now also on a competitive dance team. They performed a lyrical ballet to the song “Glitter” by Pink.
  • Byranna Lovelace has been singing for about six years and loves to perform acapella.
  • Brittani Yarger recently moved to Reed City and will be attending next year as a sophomore. She sang “If I die young” by The Band Perry.

The crowd full of proud parents and supportive family and friends cheered on as all the contestants performed. Every contestant was recognized with a certificate of participation and a gift bag full of coupons from local businesses. With much anticipation the winners were announced.

Top prize went to Savannah Argersinger, second place to Bryanna Sue Lovelace and third to Jordan Diane Allers.

“It was a great show again this year.” Kim Livingston, coordinator of the event.

The Osceola Coalition to Reduce Underage Drinking is made up of a group of volunteers who live and /or work in Osceola County. The Coalitions three main goals are to reduce alcohol use among teens, to reduce drink driving and the tragedies that come with it, as well as to reduce the misuse and abuse of prescription medication. If you are passionate about substance abuse prevention and would like to help, contact Kim Livingston by phone at (231) 388-3864.