DRUMMER TAKES TOP PRIZE IN CHADRON “STARS OF TOMORROW”

Posted 9 months ago

By John Axtell

Stars of TomorrowChadron High School senior Phillip Duncan was the big winner Sunday at the  Chadron Kiwanis Club’s annual Stars of Tomorrow contest, taking the title in the senior division, officially Division IV.

Duncan, last year’s runner-up, won this time with an improvised drum solo, using five drums of various dimensions, 8 sets of cymbals, and lighted drumsticks that he recently purchased on E-Bay for $18.

As the winner of Division IV, Duncan receives a $150 scholarship and advances to the Rocky Mountain District contest on April 26 in Longmont, Colo, but he says he probably won’t competed because he’s a member of the Chadron High School track team…which has a meet that day. Duncan qualified for state in cross country last fall.

The Division IV runners-up were sisters Quinn and Sage Tiensvold, who sang a duet, “Hallelujah.” The Tiensvolds have a Rushville address, but attend Hay Springs High School.

Taking top honors in Division I…kindergarten-3rd grade…was Kylah Jo Vogel of Crawford, who sang “Let It Go.”  Piano soloists Lucy Rischling and Sophia Wess, both of Chadron, placed 2nd and 3rd.

Division II….4th-6th grade…had the most entries: 13.  Gracie Jones won with her dance called “Beat It,” Joshua Fernau was 2nd with the vocal solo “Don’t Laugh at Me,” and 3rd went to Maralee Rischling for her piano solo.

Magician Jared Fernau was the champion in Division III…7th-9th grade. 2nd place went to Josie Stewart, who sang “Daddy’s Hands,” and 3rd to the dance duo of Taurie Pourier and Brooklyn Stack. All have  Chadron addresses, but Stewart attends school in Hemingford.

Entertaining the audience while the judges were deliberating was Kodi Baumann of Chadron, the reigning Miss Chadron and last year’s Stars of Tomorrow Division IV winner.