By Alexis Newman
The Lincoln Parish 4-H Talent Show is a tradition for the 4-H program, having run for 18 years. It is a fun way for the youth to showcase their abilities while also teaching them important skills.
This year, the 4-H talent show was held in Louisiana Tech’s Howard Auditorium. Participants who placed in first, second or third place were awarded trophies and will have the opportunity to compete at the state level. The show itself was sponsored by the American Society of Interior Design organization at Louisiana Tech University.
The talent show is made up of two divisions: junior for ages 9-13 and senior for ages 14-19. Within both of those divisions, participants are divided into categories based on whether their performance is dance, vocal, instrumental or other.
For the dance category, Carley Carter won first place. Meadow Burns and Keatyn Brasher won first place in the other category for their performance in which they danced to Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” while wearing inflatable dinosaur costumes. First place in the instrumental category was piano player Preston Parker. In order from first to third, the youth that placed in the vocal category are Elise Clare Causey, Ella Stroud and John Cole Parker.
Amanda Simmons, the Lincoln Parish 4-H Youth Development agent, explained that the talent show offers multiple benefits to the youth of 4-H who participate.
“The goal of the Lincoln Parish 4-H Talent Show is to provide a positive youth development event for 4-H youth of Lincoln Parish to gain experience preforming on a stage for an audience,” Simmons said. “It provides an opportunity for youth to gain life skills such as responsibility, independence, positive self-image, confidence, etc. It also provides an opportunity for the youth to receive recognition and awards for their talent.”
Magan Causey, the mother of Elise Clare, said that although the show was smaller than it has been in the past, all of the performers did a good job. Her own daughter has been waiting for a chance to participate in the show since 2019 when the two attended the show as audience members, and Elise Clare decided she wanted to sing at the next talent show. After a two year wait, Elise Clare finally got to perform this year and now gets the chance to sing at the state fair.
“She is just so excited. She’s counting down the days, can’t wait to sing again,” Causey said. “She loved it. It’s like she just came alive on stage when she started singing.”
The participants who placed in the talent show have the opportunity to compete at the next level at the State Fair of Louisiana 4-H Share the Fun Talent Show on Oct. 30 in Shreveport. These youth and fellow qualifiers from around the state will perform in from of judges for the chance to receive rosette ribbons, an award premium check, and parish and statewide recognition.
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