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Monday, February 11, 2013 3:13 PM




VAN WERT — This year’s Ohio Has Talent! winner was crowned Saturday night at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center. The first-place winner was 14-year-old singer Alex Wunder, a freshman at Fairmont High School in Kettering, who performed the song “December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night).” Wunder sings with an a cappella group and is a member of the men’s chorus and also sang the National Anthem at a Dayton Dragons’ game last summer. For winning the Sixth Annual Ohio Has Talent! competition, Wunder received a $500 award.


In all, 20 performers from throughout the county and outlying areas showed off their talents to judges and a voting audience. The event is a fund-raiser for Community Health Professionals’ Inpatient Hospice Center. The center provides care to families when a life-limiting illness cannot be managed at home. Patient care is provided by trained hospice nurses and the center provides places to accommodate families.


“All the funds we generate from this is used towards our patient chair fund and patient care costs,” said CHP VP of Operations Shelly Barrett. “OHT allows us to service all those in need, including patients without insurance. Without this, we don’t know if we could continue to move forward with this and not turn anyone down.”

Second place and $250 was awarded to Coldwater High School freshman Courtney Bettinger. Bettinger’s teammates were present at the event to support her singing Alicia Keys’ song “Girl on Fire.” She is a member of the symphonic choir and has sung in talent shows, weddings and school plays.

Third place and $100 went to 16-year-old dancer Jon Albert. Albert has been dancing for about three years and danced to a collection of popular songs. He is from Fort Wayne, Ind., and his favorite styles of music and dance include hip-hop, B-boying and popping.

Honorable mention was given to Paul Luft and Ben Tuttle. This duo of high school sophomores performed the song “All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down.” Luft is a student at Versailles and Ben is at St. Marys Memorial. Both are Boy Scouts and play in a country band, The Shelby County Line.

Also receiving honorable mention was 12-year-old Michaella Johnson. Johnson sang a medley from Disney’s “Princess and the Frog,” accompanied on the piano by her vocal coach, Jake Wilder. Johnson is a sixth-grader at Van Wert Middle School where she is a gold card recipient in the Renaissance program. She first competed in OHT when she was 6 years old.

Other talented performers included Emma Wurst is a 16-year-old sophomore at Jefferson High School who sang “I Dreamed a Dream.” Natalee Patrick is an eighth-grader at Elida Middle School and she also sang.


Last Updated on Monday, February 11, 2013 3:53 PM

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