Ripley Middle School amp”American Idolamp” winners announced

RIPLEY–The Ripley Middle School American Idol Talent Contest was held March 5, in the Program Hall at the Tippah County Fairgrounds. A full house of over 130 people enjoyed 13 different acts that included singers, dancers, and a guitar soloist. Coordinated by the Ripley Middle School PTO, funds raised at the event were donated to purchase equipment for the newly built RMS Media Center. Sponsors of the event included CBamp&S Bank, Ken and Carol Cooper and Country Inn, Too, Pizza Inn and Sonic. One-hundred dollars was awarded to the first place overall winner. Shelby Maxwell was the overall winner, followed by Kelsee Leatham in second place, and Jasmine Brown in third place. Brown was the only participant from Ripley High School. This is the first year the event was open to students from the high school. All other participants were students from Ripley Middle school. Awards were also given in the lip sync/musical instrument category. Although, winners were not eligible for prize money, they did receive trophies. amp”The Divasamp” Tylishia Hodges and Alondria Guyton took first place honors, followed by Logan Rowell in second place and guitarist Rusty Robins in third place. Playing the role of American Idol Judges were county 4-H extension agents from the surrounding area. Romona Edge, Itawamba County Director played the role of Paula Abdul. Prentiss County Agent Skip Glidewell played the role of Simone, and Lemon Phelps, Marshall County 4-H Agent played the role of Randy Jackson. Southern Sentinel sports writer Kedrick Storey played the role of host Ryan Seacrest. amp”Our judges kept the kids encouraged and the crowd even seemed to like Simone,amp” said Loretta Smith. amp”We had some great talent and the kids had a lot of fun.amp” Smith is a member of the PTO and served as the coordinator for this year’s event. Smith added that the emcee and the judges played an important role in making the program a huge success. Joe Murray, an Elvis Presley and Tom Jones impersonator provided special entertainment throughout the event. Smith wished to thank Tippah County 4-H Director Tim Needham, Mary Roberts, parents, and participants for their contributions.

Kedrick Storey