Teen talent shines at annual competition

REED CITY — The annual Teen Talent Show during the Crossroads Festival offered teens a chance to show off their talents in front of family and friends.

Miss Reed City 2012 Makayla Fender was hostess for the night and introduced this year’s performers.

Brittani Yarger, 16, from Reed City High School has been singing for about eight years. She performed “When I Look at You” by Miley Cyrus.

Jordan Allers, 15, from Morley Stanwood High School sang “Crazier” by Taylor Swift. She has also been singing for eight years.

Abigail McIntosh is a homeschooled eighth grader. She has danced for the past six years and attends summer dance camps as well. She performed a graceful modern dance to “Crystalilize” by Lindsey Stirling.

Lil Cece, a tenth grader, started rapping about a year ago. She performed an original composition for the first time.

Eden Scott is a freshman at Big Rapids High School. She has been a member of the choir for three years and starts morning with a song. She performed “Where Do Broken Hearts Go” by Whitney Houston.

Tristin Hartley, a junior at Reed City High School, performed a jazz routine to “River Deep, Mountain High” by Celine Dion. She has been dancing for 12 years in a variety of styles, including hip hop, tap, jazz and ballet.

Every contestant was recognized with a certificate of participation and a gift bag full of coupons from local businesses. With much anticipation, the scores were tallied and the winners were announced.

Top prize went to Tristin Hartley, second place to Jordan Allers and third to Abigail McIntosh.

“I was so nervous to dance by myself because I am so used to being in recitals with my friends, but I’m so glad I did it! And it was nice to see another dancer this year,” Tristin said after winning.

Judges for the event were the Honorable Judge Susan Grant, Osceola County Prosecutor James Sims and Reed City Police Chief Chuck Davis.

“Win or lose, it’s just the idea that they all had enough courage to perform,” Davis said.

Contestants were judged on originality, performance and stage presence. The three highest scoring acts received cash prizes of $100, $75 and $50.

“I am just amazed every year by the stage presence these teens have. It is a joy to watch them perform,” said Grant.

The event was sponsored for the fifth year by the Mecosta Osceola Coalition to Reduce Underage Drinking.