Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) held its Big Sandy Idol Competition at Pike Central High School on Friday, October 16. Big Sandy Idol is sponsored by Gearheart Communications.

Twelve students participated for coveted spots for the annual Big Sandy Idol Regional Competition, which will be held in March at the Mountain Arts Center. Celeste Turner was crowned the winner, and Justin Lovern and Nathan Brinager tied for runner-up. Both will advance to the Regional Competition and have a chance to earn a spot on the Big Sandy Singers, an album recording and other prizes.

The talent was unbelievable, said Clayton Case, Director of Fine Arts at BSCTC. It seems like each year the talent increases throughout our region.

Students at Pike Central were also treated to a concert by the Big Sandy Singers and Band, an elite group of vocalists and musicians comprised of BSCTC students.

Big Sandy Idol is celebrating its tenth season. More than 1,200 students have participate in Big Sandy Idol over the past nine years. The Big Sandy Idol competition along with the Big Sandy Singers programs have awarded more than $250,000 in scholarships.

For more information about Big Sandy Idol or the Big Sandy Singers and Band, contact Clayton Case at (606) 886-7388 or email ccase0005@kctcs.edu or Candace Kelly at (606) 886-7384 or email fkelly0004@kctcs.edu.