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Ohio Has Talent

February 18, 2017

Ohio Has Talent! returns for its 10th year show on Feb. 18, 2017 at Niswonger Performing Arts Center of Northwest Ohio, located in Van Wert with acts from throughout the state competing for prize money, with winners chosen by audience vote.

Presented by CHP Home Care & Hospice to benefit the Hospice Patient Care fund

Audition Dates:

  • Friday, Nov. 4, 2016:  5-9 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016:  9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Trinity Friends Church at 605 N. Franklin St. in Van Wert

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Quintessential voted 2016 winner

The barbershop quintet Quintessential, comprised of students from Versailles High School,
won Ohio Has Talent! on Mar. 5 with their rendition of a medley of songs made famous by
Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.

Ohio Has Talent! - 2016 Show

Noting they were inspired by the Broadway hit, Jersey Boys, which chronicles the life of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, group members Quincy Baltes, Isaac Buschur, Brody Hyre, Mitchell Rawlins, and Kyle Wuebker, who have performed together since they were in elementary school, wowed the approximately 1,000 people in attendance at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center of Northwest Ohio in Van Wert.

Taking second place was a singing duo comprised of Bobby Klosterman and Courtney Bettinger of Coldwater High School in Mercer County, while Gabe Bailey, an eighth-grader at South Adams Middle School in Berne, Indiana, came in third with his piano and voice performance.

Others performing were Awakened Commotion, an a capella singing group from Hardin Northern High School in Dola; Bella Chorvas of Ohio City, who earned an honorable mention award for her singing performance; Kasey Middaugh, a sophomore at Bellefontaine High School; Craig and Michelle Muhlenkamp, a swing dance duo from the village of Russia.

Autumn Pelok, a sixth-grade singer from Wauseon Middle School; Jeff Davis of Lima, who sang an Elvis Presley number; Emily Jackson, a singer who is also a student at Celina High School; May and Yan Coppler, a mother-daughter singing duo who sang Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Pie Jesu”; Claudia Cromly, a singer from Swanton; the Mallet Ensemble from Delphos St. John’s High School, which also earned an Honorable Mention award; Drawing Blanks, a band consisting of Hannah Sunderman and Alex Sunderman of Johnstown, and Evan Reed of Pataskala.

Also, Julia Lyall of Powell, a dancer who is also a senior at Olentangy Liberty High School; Sarah VanBrocklin, an, eighth-grader from Botkins who has been participating in musicals since first grade; Morgan Bland, a junior at Hicksville High School who played the violin; and Lima resident Lauren Dunlap, who sang.

Check out video from this year's show and previous years on the Ohio Has Talent! YouTube channel and updates about the upcoming show on the Facebook page.

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