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Tristin Vinson, Katie Ratliff, Chelsey Hatfield and Shelley Stiltner participated in the East Ridge Big Sandy Idol competition on Friday, September 26. Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) held its Big Sandy Idol competition at East Ridge High School on Friday, September 26. Big Sandy Idol is sponsored by Gearheart Communications.

Four students participated for coveted spots for the annual Big Sandy Idol regional competition, which will be held in March at the Mountain Arts Center. Katie Ratliff was crowned the winner, and Chelsey Hatfield 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. Shelley Stiltner was selected as the 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 East Ridge 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 East Ridge 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 will visit Allen Central on Friday, October 10.

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