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Meet the Big Sandy Idol Regional Competition contestants

The Big Sandy Idol Regional Competition, presented by Gearheart Communications and Big Sandy Community and Technical College, will be held March 10-11 at the Mountain Arts Center (MAC). 

Tickets are $10 or $8 for groups of 10 or more. To purchase tickets, visit the MAC Box Office, log on to macarts.com or call 1-888-MAC-ARTS. 

Here are capsules of each of this year’s contestants: 

Floyd County

South Floyd High School

Hailey Newman

Hailey Newman is a sophomore and won the South Floyd High School Big Sandy Idol competition.  She will perform “You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive” on Saturday, March 11 in the Big Sandy Idol Regional Competition at the Mountain Arts Center. 

Casey Tackett

Casey Tackett is a sophomore and was runner-up in the South Floyd High School Big Sandy Idol competition.  She is still undecided on what she will perform on Friday, March 10 in the Big Sandy Idol Regional Competition at the Mountain Arts Center.  

Allen Central High School

Mackynzie Samons

Mackynzie Samons is a senior and won the Allen Central High School Big Sandy Idol competition.  She is undecided on what she will perform on Saturday, March 11 in the Big Sandy Idol Regional Competition at the Mountain Arts Center. 

Betsy Layne High School

Destiny Waddle

Destiny Waddle is a junior and won the Betsy Layne High School Big Sandy Idol competition.  She will perform “Ain’t No Way” by Aretha Franklin on Saturday, March 11 in the Big Sandy Idol Regional Competition at the Mountain Arts Center. 

Laken Compton

Laken Compton is a junior and was runner-up in the Betsy Layne High School Big Sandy Idol competition.  She is undecided on what she will perform on Friday, March 10 in the Big Sandy Idol Regional Competition at the Mountain Arts Center. 

Prestonsburg High School

Isabella Jacobs

Isabella Jacobs is a junior and won the Prestonsburg High School Big Sandy Idol competition.  She will perform “Don’t You Remember” by Adele on Saturday, March 11 in the Big Sandy Idol Regional Competition at the Mountain Arts Center. 

Wesley Hager

Wesley Hager is a senior and was runner-up in the Prestonsburg High School Big Sandy Idol competition.  He will perform “Fast Car” on Friday, March 10 in the Big Sandy Idol Regional Competition at the Mountain Arts Center. 

Johnson County

Johnson Central High School

Andrew Chapman

Andrew Chapman is a senior and won the Johnson Central High School Big Sandy Idol competition.  He will perform “Same Drugs” by Chance the Rapper on Saturday, March 11 in the Big Sandy Idol Regional Competition at the Mountain Arts Center. 

Shawn Allen Leslie

Shawn Allen Leslie is a freshman and was runner-up in the Johnson Central High School Big Sandy Idol competition.  He will perform “Without a Trace” on Friday, March 10 in the Big Sandy Idol Regional Competition at the Mountain Arts Center. 

Paintsville High School

Celeste Turner

Celeste Turner is a junior and won the Paintsville High School Big Sandy Idol competition.  She will perform “She Used to be Mine” on Saturday, March 11 in the Big Sandy Idol Regional Competition at the Mountain Arts Center. 

Grace Maynard

Grace Maynard is a senior and was runner-up in the Paintsville High School Big Sandy Idol competition.  She will perform “Burn” on Friday, March 10 in the Big Sandy Idol Regional Competition at the Mountain Arts Center. 

Magoffin County

Magoffin County High School

Brooklyn Dove Shepherd

Brooklyn Dove Shepherd is a senior and won the Magoffin County High School Big Sandy Idol competition.  She will perform “House of the Rising Sun” on Saturday, March 11 in the Big Sandy Idol Regional Competition at the Mountain Arts Center. 

Pike County

Pike County Central High School

Justin Lovern

Justin Lovern is a senior and won the Pike County Central High School Big Sandy Idol competition. He will perform “I wouldn’t be a Man” by Josh Turner on Saturday, March 11 in the Big Sandy Idol Regional Competition at the Mountain Arts Center. 

Nathan Brinager

Nathan Brinager is a senior and was runner-up in the Pike County Central High School Big Sandy Idol competition.  He will perform “It’s a Long Way to Wheelwright” by Nick Jamerson on Friday, March 10 in the Big Sandy Idol Regional Competition at the Mountain Arts Center. 

Shelby Valley High School

Sandra Sanders

Sandra Sanders is a senior and won the Shelby Valley High School Big Sandy Idol competition.  She is undecided on what she will perform on Saturday, March 11 in the Big Sandy Idol Regional Competition at the Mountain Arts Center. 

East Ridge High School

Katie Ratliff

Katie Ratliff is a senior and won the East Ridge High School Big Sandy Idol competition.  She is undecided on what she will perform on Saturday, March 11 in the Big Sandy Idol Regional Competition at the Mountain Arts Center. 

Mark Chaney

Mark Chaney is a senior and was runner-up in the East Ridge High School Big Sandy Idol competition.  He is undecided on what he will perform on Friday, March 10 in the Big Sandy Idol Regional Competition at the Mountain Arts Center. 

Pikeville High School

Alicia Zacarias

Alicia Zacarias is a senior and was runner-up in the Pikeville High School Big Sandy Idol competition.  She will perform “Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked” on Friday, March 10 in the Big Sandy Idol Regional Competition at the Mountain Arts Center. 

Phelps High School

Tyeisha Smith

Tyeisha Smith is a sophomore and won the Phelps High School Big Sandy Idol competition. She will perform “Hollow” by Tori Kelly on Saturday, March 11 in the Big Sandy Idol Regional Competition at the Mountain Arts Center. 

Kiana Chapman

Kiana Chapman is a sophomore and was runner-up in the Phelps High School Big Sandy Idol competition.  She will perform “Rolling in the Deep” on Friday, March 10 in the Big Sandy Idol Regional Competition at the Mountain Arts Center. 

Shelby Valley High School

Jondra Gibson

Jondra Gibson is a junior and was runner-up in the Shelby Valley High School Big Sandy Idol competition. She will perform “Rise Up” by Andra Day on Friday, March 10 in the Big Sandy Idol Regional Competition at the Mountain Arts Center. 

Belfry High School

Payton Trout

Payton Trout is a senior and won the Belfry High School Big Sandy Idol competition.  He will be performing “Dream On” on Saturday, March 11 in the Big Sandy Idol Regional Competition at the Mountain Arts Center. 

Carlie McCoy

Carlie McCoy is a junior and was runner-up in the Belfry High School Big Sandy Idol competition.  She will perform “Creep” on Friday, March 10 in the Big Sandy Idol Regional Competition at the Mountain Arts Center. 

Shawnda Smith

Shawnda Smith is a senior and was runner-up in the Belfry High School Big Sandy Idol competition.  She will perform “Don’t Forget” by Demi Lovato on Friday, March 10 in the Big Sandy Idol Regional Competition at the Mountain Arts Center. 

Home and Private School

Kassidy Clatworthy

Kassidy Clatworthy is a sophomore and won the home- and private school division of Big Sandy Idol. She is undecided on what she will perform on Saturday, March 11 in the Big Sandy Idol Regional Competition at the Mountain Arts Center. 

Drew Epperson

Drew Epperson is a junior at the Piarist School and was runner-up in the home- and private-school division of Big Sandy Idol.  He is undecided on what he will perform on Friday, March 10 in the Big Sandy Idol Regional Competition at the Mountain Arts Center.