Winners of 4-H Performing Arts, Public Speaking, Demonstrations contests announced

Pictured, from left, are Zach Densmore, Anna Goddard, Sharon Goddard, Grace Caffee and Courtney Leinbach.

GOSHEN — The Elkhart County 4-H Performing Arts, Public Speaking, Demonstrations contests were held on May 1 and 2 at the Umble Center at Goshen College.

There were 17 total acts. The top three acts from the countywide contest were invited to compete at the Area X contest in Mishawaka and it comprised the top three winners from eight counties.

Aurora Batts of Goshen won first overall in Performing Arts with a contemporary dance performance. She won the traveling trophy sponsored by Phillips and Sons Irrigation. The second- and third-place performing arts acts were Emma Hampel of Elkhart, with a piano solo; and Anna Goddard, Sharon Goddard, of Elkhart, and Zach Densmore with a group skit from St. Joseph County.

Only four acts are selected to advance from the Area X Performing Arts contest to perform at the state level. There were 15 acts at the Area X contest in Mishawaka. All three Elkhart County 4-H acts placed in the top four and will be advancing to either the Indiana State Fair or 4-H Round Up at Purdue.

Those receiving honorable mention ribbons for Performing Arts were Matthew Cummings, Bristol; Nikki Miller, Millersburg; Maya Narayan, Goshen; and Jazmyne Houston, New Paris.

Those receiving blue ribbons for Performing Arts were Kara Gwaltney, Goshen; Reesha Bhagat, Goshen; Stevie Plank, Goshen; Hadassah Claar, Elkhart; Savannah Gregg, Edwardsburg, Michigan.

Two demonstrations competed this year. The official results of the 2019 demonstration contest are Courtney Leinbach, Goshen, who won Junior Division Champion and Grand Champion; Reesha Bhagat, Goshen, and Samantha Markham, Goshen, who won Senior Division Champion.

The official results of the 2019 Public Speaking contest are Grace Caffee, Middlebury, who won Senior Division and Grand Champion.

Judges for the Elkhart County 4-H contests were Rachel Buckley, Goshen, and Jean Woodle, Wakarusa.

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