The only song being sung Saturday, Oct. 12, around 10 a.m. was “Rain, Rain, Go Away.” Thanks to some much needed but poorly timed rain, the National Shrimp Festival was delayed while …
The only song being sung Saturday, Oct. 12, around 10 a.m. was “Rain, Rain, Go Away.” Thanks to some much needed but poorly timed rain, the National Shrimp Festival was delayed while officials made sure everything was safe.
Due to the delay, Singing for Scholarships officials had to make changes to the competition format to shorten the program. Each of the 14 participants performed one song instead of two before being narrowed down to the top three who performed one final song for a panel of judges.
“Judges, I don’t envy your job,” Master of Ceremonies Kevin Corcoran joked from the stage as a nod to the deep pool of talented performers.
This year’s first place winner of a $1,000 scholarship was a repeat champion. Alexa Yanez of Spanish Fort High School won first place at last year’s competition as well.
Second place and a $500 scholarship went to Nya Snowden of Robertsdale High school. Third place and a $250 scholarship went to Madison Overstreet of South Baldwin Christian Academy. The music program at each of the winner’s school will also receive a matching grant.
During the award presentation, Kevin Corcoran of ReMax of Gulf Shores, offered $100 scholarships to the 11 students that did not place in the top three.
Congratulations to all the winners and participants: Victoria Whatley/Fairhope High School, Mary-Camila Klotz/Renaissance School, Farrah Lovelady/Homeschool, Maura Hawkins/Gulf Shores High School, Mac Gaillard/Bayside Academy, Makenzie Ellison/St. Michael’s Catholic High School, Lizzie King/Daphne High School, Olivia Szymanski/Baldwin County Virtual School, Morgan Franklin/Foley High School, Courtney Stewart/Elbert High School, Brelyn Kelly/Orange Beach High School.
The Shrimp Festival Singing for Scholarships event was created in 2013 to support our local Baldwin County High Schools and the talented youth in our region. The singing competition features students chosen to represent their high school. Each high school conducts its own contest. Opportunities are also available for private school and home-schooled students.