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Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) held its Big Sandy Idol competition at Phelps on Wednesday, December 10. Big Sandy Idol is sponsored by Gearheart Communications.

Five students participated for coveted spots for the annual Big Sandy Idol regional competition, which will be held in March at the Mountain Arts Center. Lauren Dotson was crowned the winner, and Karlie Sincell finished as 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. Cassie Gearles was selected as the Appalachian Wireless Wildcard winner and will compete against others in a SMS contest for a spot in the championship round of the regional competition.

The talent at Phelps was absolutely amazing, said Clayton Case, director of Fine Arts at BSCTC. Every year, our participants raise the bar, and I cant wait to see what the future holds.

Students at Phelps 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 visited Shelby Valley High School on Tuesday, December 16.

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