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WCHS wins first place at convention
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Warren County High School emerged as the winner in the large talent competition and Jacob Dodd came home with one of the most prestigious scholarships at the annual Interact Club convention over the weekend in Pigeon Forge.It was a blockbuster weekend for the WCHS club as Rickie King and Taylor Elgouhary danced their way to a first-place finish in the small group talent show, while Nicholas Powell finished second in solo talent for a routine that saw him play keyboard, guitar and sing.The winning large talent routine was developed by WCHS choir director Kennette Dixon and featured all Interact Club members on stage singing the Toto song “Africa” that climbed to No. 1 in 1983.Club members began the routine by snapping their fingers to simulate rain and then jumped on the stage to mimic thunder before picking up the beat of the song. The club won despite a technical problem when a country music song inexplicably began playing in the middle of the routine, but members were unaffected by the glitch.“I was really proud of the kids because during the performance the music cut out on them and they kept right on going and finished the song,” said Rotary Club member and Interact sponsor Dr. Jeff McKinley.