Feb. 28, 2015
Duquette Takes Home Ohio Has Talent! Crown
Thirteen-year-old vocalist Sam Duquette of Van Wert was crowned the winner of the 2015 Ohio Has Talent! competition on Feb. 28 at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center. The audience chose Duquette as $1,000 first-place winner for her performance of “Me and My Bobby McGee.” She was accompanied by guitarist Aaron Cooper, also of Van Wert.
Second place and $500 went to Paulding High School student Alex Schlegel who performed “The Evolution of Dance,” showing off dance moves from the 1960s to the modern era. Schlegel is also an actor, and has performed in the musicals “Shrek,” and “The Beverly Hillbillies” in Paulding.
The pop a capella group Awakened Commotion took home third place and $250 for their performance of “As Long As You Love Me” and “Wide Awake.” The group is made up of eighth to twelfth grade Hardin Northern High School students, and is directed by Kelly Eikenbary.

Honorable mention was given to the saxophone quintet from Delphos St. John’s. The quintet performed “What Does the Fox Say?” in a five-part arrangement on alto and baritone saxophones. The group’s members are Samantha Stevenson, Madison Fulk, Alexis Deffenbaugh, Haley Rode, and Sara Clossen.

Also receiving honorable mention was Gabe Bailey, a twelve year-old musician from Berne, Indiana. Bailey’s performance of “Golden Slumbers Melody” included vocals, keyboard, guitar, and drums.

     Sam Duquette and Aaron Cooper perform at Ohio Has Talent! on Feb. 28 at Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Van Wert.

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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