Contestants will compete for prize money in the seventh annual Ohio Has Talent! at Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Van Wert, on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m.
Sponsored in part by Citizens National Bank, the benefit show for Community Health Professionals’ Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center features 20 local and regional performers competing for $1,000, $500 and $250 prizes determined by audience votes.
The 2014 Ohio Has Talent! contestants are:
• Jon Albert of Fort Wayne, Ind., a dancer combining popping, b-boying and hip-hop.
• Hayleigh Bacome and Amanda Leis of Delphos, a contemporary dance duo.
• Gabriel Beming of Sidney, and Caroline Prakel of Versailles, a creative piano duet with antics inspired by Victor Borge.
• Shay Bolton of Rockford, a vocal soloist who also plays piano and dances.
• Ann and James Brake, a brother-sister duo from Ohio City. James plays piano and Ann dances.
• Makenna Cabe of Sidney, the first-place winner of the Shelby County Apple Fest Talent Contest.
• May Coppler of Fostoria, who studies voice, ballet, flute and piano. She was the winner of her age group in Fostoria’s Got Talent 2012 and 2013.
• Yan Coppler of Fostoria, who received classical training in high school and is a previous winner in her category in Fostoria’s Got Talent.
• Hailey and Heather Harshbarger, from Anna. Hailey plays piano and they share lead vocals and harmony.
• Kaden Hohman and Sayler Wise of Van Wert, an award-winning dance duo. They placed third at Ohio Has Talent! in 2012 and got a casting call for America’s Got Talent.
• Michaella Johnson of Van Wert, who loves music. She takes voice lessons and plays trumpet and piano.
• Schylar Miller and Cole Wilson of Spencerville, who perform a vocal/alto saxophone duet.
• Craig Muhlenkamp of Coldwater, and Danny Schneible of Russia, Ohio, a partner juggling team that combines juggling, comedy and music.
• Tyler Nygren of Van Wert, an award-winning illusionist who has performed across the country.
• Katlayne Poorman of Fort Wayne, Ind., who performs in talent shows and pageants and auditioned for America’s Got Talent last season.
• Victoria Ruble of Garrett Ind., a vocalist who hopes to pursue music as a career.
• Shelby County Line, a country band that has opened for national acts and plays area festivals and fairs. Members are Paul Luft, Yorkshire; Ben Tuttle, St. Marys; Cody Paul, Minster; and Michael Molasky, New Bremen.
• Danielle Stoller of Latty, now a senior at Illinois State University. She has played classical violin since she was 6 years old.
• Hanna Tumbusch of St. Henry, who has taken vocal lessons and performed for audiences since she was 9.
• Jimina Willis, a vocalist from Beavercreek.
Alex Wunder, 2013 Ohio Has Talent! winner, will perform during the vote counting. Wunder is a talented vocalist who enjoys singing the classic songs of the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s, and putting his own spin to them. The high school sophomore from Kettering has won other talent competitions and sang the national anthem at a Cincinnati Bengals game this year.
Contestant photos and bios are posted at www.ComHealthPro.org/OhioHasTalent.php.
Tickets start at $10 through the arts center ticket office, open Monday through Friday, noon to 4 p.m., online at www.npacvw.org or at Community Health Professionals, 419-238-9223.
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