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Warren County's got talent
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Warren County High School’s got talent.

Based on a Multi-Cultural Club Talent Show held Tuesday in the WCHS auditorium, Halle Drue Smith has the most talent of all.

Smith wowed a panel of three judges with her rendition of “All I Want” by Kodaline to capture first place in the talent show and win a $200 prize.

“It’s the only song I sing,” said Smith when asked how her performance was so polished. “I sing it when I wake up. I sing it before I go to sleep. I sing it to practice, but I also sing it so much because I’m terrified I will forget the words.”

Kaden Hobbs earned second place and $150 for a spirited version of the REM hit “It’s the End of the World as We Know It.”

Hobbs stayed in the 1980s later in the talent show when he partnered with Gavin King-Smith to perform the hit from The Proclaimers, “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles).”

Asked how they decided on The Proclaimers song, Hobbs said, “We probably heard it in a movie.”

Added King-Smith, “It’s a fun song to get everyone excited.”

Pioneerette Kataen Shockley earned third place and $100 with a dance routine set to the Sia song “Helium.” Shockley was asked the differences between performing with teammates and performing solo.

“Performing as a team, you really get the vibe and energy from your teammates,” said Shockley. “But performing by myself is a time I get to express myself and show a side of me people don’t get to see.”

Chalee Womack didn’t place in the top three, but her performance of the Carrie Underwood hit “Jesus Take the Wheel” was stirring.

“The title says it all,” said Womack. “When things aren’t going well, it’s time for Jesus to take the wheel. I picked that song because I want to do more than get up and sing. I want to inspire people with my voice.”

The judges were Paige Chastain, Wayne Wolford and Kathy Elam. 

“I knew we had talent at this school but I didn’t realize how much until I got to see it up close,” said Chastain, who said the judges had a difficult time determining the winners.

Multi-Cultural Club sponsor Anne-Marie Loeffler said so much prize money was available because COVID-19 prevented the club from taking many of its usual field trips. Therefore, there was extra money available in the budget.

Loeffler praised Multi-Cultural Club co-vice president Anthony Garcia for putting together much of the dialog to emcee the program. Ingrid Gonzalus, Marvin Alamilla and Ashley Fernandez also served as emcees.