People and Places
The Salisbury’s Got Talent competition finale was held Saturday, April 19, at the F&M Trolley Barn in Salisbury.
The winners of Salisbury’s Got Talent were: first place, singer Virginia Rush accompanied by Melvin Rush; second place, storyteller Robert Jones; third place, singer AdamBroyles, performing his own composition.
Broyles was also the first place winner in the youth category. Second place winner was Arisa McDonald and third place winner was Taylor Linker.This event was held as part of the City of Salisbury’s Cultural Summit, which was well-attended in spite of rainy weather.
The Amadeus Youth Chorus opened the program with a concert version of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” that included a fun Elvis Presley impression by Justin Dionne. This was followed by a presentation by arts consultant Mary Berryman Agard.
Local performer and business owner Bob Paolino served as emcee for the event. He steered the program and engaged everyone as he interviewed the Salisbury’s Got Talent contestants and heard the judges’ comments.
Judges included Len Clark of the Salisbury Post, Mark Zenow, talent manager and former manager for Hootie and the Blowfish and Joey Popp, host of Healthwise on WTVI, local host of NPR’s Weekend Edition on WFAE-FM radio and graduate of Catawba College.
Catawba College music professor David Fish served as production manager, assisted by talented individuals from Catawba. The Vernaculars performed as the house band, Christine Shuster was the stage manager, Chris Zink provided lighting, and Jimm Moser ran the sound board.
Livingstone College students helped as time keepers and tallied the judges scores.
The Salisbury Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority presented their annual Kiddie Cotillion April 12, at Varick Auditorium on Livingstone College campus. The theme for this year was “Remembering the Past, Fostering the Present, and Saluting the Future.”
The co-chairs were Cassandra Brown and Valiere Sifford. The chapter president is Yvette Shelton.
The chapter recognized the participants and contestants along with past and present presidents. A special presentation was given to Eliza Miller, a charter member and past president of the Salisbury Alumnae Chapter.
The 2008 Queen is Shontrice Tracey, daughter of LaShonda and Shawnta’ Tracey. The 2008 King is Jayln McCombs, son of Katherine Rivens. The first runner up for Queen was Rashida Price. Second runner up was Tamia Brown, and third runner up was Micah Francis.
For King the first runner up was Zion Debose, second runner up Na’Shawn Hicks. Other contestants included Alene Blakeney, Dionne Dillard, Deja Nunn, Sammitria Pinckey, Chania Tabor, Kariana Williams. Other participants were Kendre Bates, TaNaeya Currie, Taelor Davis, Koby Debose, Makayla Dillard, Chanel McManus, Donnie Nunn, Nikia Parker, Jaise Rivens, Dennis Rivers and Xavier Titus.
Special participants were Alene Blakeney, soloist; Jayln McCombs, clarinet player; Shakiyla Rivens and Kaley Williams, modern dance; Amber Gilmore, praise dance; Tyqwon Blackwell, piano; Tamia Brown and Breya Philpot, cheerleading routine; and the Kiddie Land Dancers.
Yawn Patrol Zone Toastmasters met April 15 at United Cabarrus Insurance offices. Ken Carroll was Toastmaster for the evening.
Table topics winner was Lisa Fowler. Carroll was voted Best Speaker and Fowler was voted Best Evaluator.
The club welcomed Jay Nodine, assistant area governor to the meeting. He was visiting to encourage the club as it works toward its goals. Nodine also congratulated Ken Miller for taking second place in the Area Table Topics contest.