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Violinist wins 2014 NA Idol

Posted: March 25, 2014 - 2:07pm
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Reginald Delany Crews II was named the 2014 North Augusta Idol winner.  NIKASHA DICKS/STAFF
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Reginald Delany Crews II was named the 2014 North Augusta Idol winner.

Reginald Delany Crews II captured his audience by playing Concerto in A Minor, Op. 3, Nov. 6, 1st Movement during the tenth annual North Augusta Idol Talent Show.

The 16-year-old also caught the judges’ attention and was named the 2014 North Augusta Idol winner.

“It makes me really happy,” said the North Augusta High School junior.

Reginald, who has played the violin for 11 years, competed in the talent show five or six times, starting in elementary school, he said.

“The best part about it is seeing the smiling faces,” Reginald said. “It makes me want to play more.”

Reginald was among more than 20 contestants in the event on March 18. Elementary, middle and high school students sang, danced or played instruments.

“I love seeing them shine and showcase their talent,” said Idol coordinator Peggy Burnett. The event was presented by the North Augusta Cultural Arts Council.

One contestant received the Mim Woodring Award for Excellence, first given last year. Kayla Howard, a North Augusta High senior, was this year’s recipient.

“I’m very honored to receive the award,” said the 17-year-old.

She first met Woodring as a third grader auditioning for the show. Woodring helped her improve her performance, said Kayla.

“I would go out there and sing and I would be OK, but I wouldn’t show the emotion I needed to get across,” she said. “She helped me so much with that and she really inspired me to do my best out there.”

Kayla won second place in the high school category.

Woodring, who had served as director of the North Augusta Idol competition, died in 2012.

2014 NORTH AUGUSTA IDOL WINNERS

OVERALL WINNER: Reginald Delany Crews II, North Augusta High, $150 award

ELEMENTARY

FIRST PLACE: Heidi Coughenour, Hammond Hill Elementary, $25 award

SECOND PLACE: Ansley Parrish, Belvedere Elementary, $15 award

MIDDLE

FIRST PLACE: Taylor Darville, North Augusta Middle, $50 award

SECOND PLACE: Parker Blackburn, North Augusta Middle, $25 award

HIGH

FIRST PLACE: Kevin Arnold, North Augusta High, $75 award

SECOND PLACE: Kayla Howard, North Augusta High, $50 award

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