Lake County’s third annual Lake County’s Got Talent variety show played to an almost packed house on Thursday night, with performers displaying their skills in such diverse disciplines as singing, dance and instrumental performance – with an amazing recitation from Mike Settler which wowed the audience in not only his extraordinary memorization skills, but
delivery and polish as well.
Bob Pardee hosted the event and thanked all volunteers, from Judges to judge’s runner for another successful event. The
winners were: 6 to 10 - Timothy and Aleyna Banks for their swing dance performance; 11 to 15 – Alejandra Villagomez for her modern dance routine; 16 to 20 - Amber Lucas for her singing skills; Over 21 - Alton Bowersox, also for his vocal performance; Judges Choice – The Southern Oregon School of Dance #3: Kaden Rhea, Stephen Giblin and Gregory Havely for their Ninja dance, complete with visual effects.
The show, which ran until almost 10 p.m., was a fun filled community event, one which not only benefitted the Lake County Youth Mentor Program, but brought out the best in local talent.
Mentorship programs missions of connecting youth with adult mentors in order to enhance the academic and personal achievement goals of local young people is an important component of the maturation process, especially in children needing just a little ‘extra push’ towards personal growth.
Three and a half years after it’s inception in Lakeview, the program is going strong and growing, placing 34 students in one-on-one mentoring relationships and served approximately 42 students through the team mentoring program in both Lakeview and Paisley.
Results of mentoring are measurable, with improvements in areas such as: improved grades, reduced absenteeism and improved school and home behaviors and has become an important tool in assuring the path to success for all Lake County students, as team mentoring will be implemented in North Lake
Participants of the show, more that 30 people, danced, sang and played their hearts out during the fun and entertaining event, giving judges Phil Ramey, Jim Huffstutter, Linda Thorstad and Dirk Tibbits much to contemplate as they pondered their decisions in the five categories: ages 6 through 10; 11 to 15; 16 through 20 and over 21 – with a special ‘open’ category which contended for the overall title amongst all.
Lake County Youth Mentor Program invites all residents to share theirs with local youth and sign up to be mentors; call 541-947-4880 for more information.