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Stateline's Got Talent awards local performers


You've probably heard of the hit show 'America's Got Talent.' A local version also gives performers a chance to prove themselves in front of judges.

The annual 'Stateline's Got Talent' contest at Hononegah High School brings local amateur performers onto the stage, and into the spotlight.

Hannah Lewandowski has participated in every 'Stateline's Got Talent' competition since it began five years ago.  

"For my performance I sung 'Break Away' because I'm breaking away from here, learning about colleges, and what I'm gonna do with the rest of my life. So singing here tonight really meant a lot not only to me but hopefully to my parents," said Hannah.  

She says this year, her patience has finally paid off. "Since I've been here so many times, this is icing on top."

Celebrity judge Jeff Keefer says they choose winners based on set guidelines. "We started out usually with  just a simple visual, at first, and then sound, the audio, as far as how well it was enhanced, and then from there it was just strictly talent.'

Hannah's win also comes with an exciting prize.

"The winner of the talent contest gets a 250 dollar cash prize and an audition tape and a chance to participate on America's Got Talent. Second place gets a 150 dollars and a trophy. Third place gets 75 dollars and a trophy," said contest volunteer Lisa Palmeno.

Her competition?  Thirteen other acts. Not only singers, but musicians and dancers too.

The youngest performer, third-grader Lauren Mendoza, takes home the third place prize.

As part of Hannah's grand prize, we here at WREX will put together her audition tape and send it to the national show, America's Got Talent.

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