KMC youths showcase talent

Alison Ramerth
435th Services Squadron

***image1***KMC youths are showcasing their talents as they compete in base- and Air-Force-level talent contests.

Two Ramstein youths recently won in the 2004 Air Force Worldwide Family and Teen Talent Contest.

Jennifer Lawson, seventh-grader from Landstuhl Elementary and Middle School, won second place for vocals and Darren Lyles, seventh-grader from Kaiserslautern American Middle School, won third place for instrumental. Both competed in the preteen, 9 to 12 solo category.

After winning the 2004 KMC Youth and Family Talent Contest, their taped performances, along with more than 300 other contestants, were submitted to a panel of professional entertainers for the Air Force-level contest. The winners were announced in February.

“Darren and Jennifer are very talented and proved that by winning at the Air Force level,” said Danielle Flahive, Ramstein Youth Programs director.

The youths will now have the opportunity to perform with the Air Force’s Tops in Blue during their next concert in the KMC.

More KMC youths are hoping to follow Jennifer’s and Darren’s success after winning in 2005 KMC Youth and Family Talent Contest April 2 at the Hercules Theater.

First-place winners were: Eric Soriano, instrumental soloist best in show; Christian Meader, musical variety, best in show; Amy Bradley, Lindsey Wesloski, Erika Ortman, Melissa Brown, dance; Jeff Lawson, male vocal; Jennifer Lawson, female vocal; Johanna Quinn, specialty act; Ashley Meader and Christian Meeder, first instrumental group; Tascha Echols, Lacee Fuller, Jennifer Lawson, Kayley Robertson, vocal group.

“This was the most successful talent show we’ve held,” said Ms. Flahive. “We had more than 30 participants this year and every one of them had a great time. These youth are the stars of tomorrow.”

Senior Airman David Reiler and Staff Sgt. John Bridges, 435th Communications Squadron, were valuable in the shows success, said Ms. Falhive. They volunteered 15 hours to run the sound for the show and rehearsals.

The KMC-level winners will now be submitted to the 2005 Air Force-level contest.