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Lake Stevens harpist wins talent show


Megan Berginc danced the Button Polka at the talent show.

Thirty acts took the stage at the Marsyville-Pilchuck High School Auditorium Thursday, June 18, to compete in the Marysville Strawberry Festival Talent Show. When it was all over, a young instrumentalist from Lake Stevens had claimed the top prize and a place in the festival's Grand Parade.

13-year-old Haley Downey performed "Baroque Flamenco" on a beautifully detailed harp and earned the loudest and most prolonged applause of the night. She won top prize in her category, Vocal/Dance/Instrumental Ages 13-14, and was also selected as the contest's overall winner.

The audience was entertained by performers as young as 4 years old, and as old as... well, much older. Standouts of the night included a dance performance of Michael Jackson's "Drill" by Marysville's Corinne Taylor, "I Love You 5" performed by Samantha Brown and Jake Sirianni of Marysville, M-PHS student Carly Calbero singing an original song entitled "Middle Age 13," and a stirring rendition of "Some Enchanted Evening" by Leslie Lorang of Mill Creek.

To highlight this year's theme of "Summertime Fun," dance students from Marysville Performing Arts Centre (MPAC) presented a couple of "school's out" numbers at the top of the show. Dancers from MPAC and from NW Dance and Acro also competed in various categories.

Ted Wright acted as emcee for the talent show, which was organized by Marcy Giesler and dozens of Maryfest volunteers.

Category Winners:

Vocal/Dance - Ages 4-8 Jazmyn Raether (Arlington)

Vocal/Dance - Ages 7-11 Victoria Steward (Marysville)

Vocal/Dance - Ages 9-11 Caitlyn Brossard (Marysville)

Vocal/Dance/Instrumental - Ages 13-14 Haley Downey (Lake Stevens)

Vocal/Dance/Instrumental - Ages 14-15 Mandy Henrichsen

Vocal/Dance/Instrumental - Ages 16-17 Carly Calbero (Marysville)

Victoria Steward won the 7-11 age category with her version of 'The Climb.'

Vocal/Dance - Ages 16-18 Corinne Taylor (Marysville)

Vocal/Dance - Ages 18-21 Sami Hall (Stanwood)

Vocal Adult Leslie Lorang (Mill Creek)

Vocal/Instrumental Low Down Ramblers (Everett)

Overall Winner Haley Downey


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