Centreville Day

Record Observer - - Front Page - By HAN­NAH COMBS hcombs@ches­pub.com

CENTREVILLE — The com­pe­ti­tion was tight this year — harder to judge than ever, said one judge — for the Centreville Idol con­test held on Satur­day, Oct. 22, dur­ing the an­nual Centreville Day. Eight con­tes­tants, in three age cat­e­gories, com­peted for the judges and a large au­di­ence, in front of the court­house on Satur­day.

For the 9 and un­der divi­sion, Sophia Sforno, age 8 from Centreville per­formed “I’ve Got an Au­tum­ness Feel­ing.”

In the 10 to 13 cat­e­gory, An­to­nia Gon­za­lez, sang “Part of that World” a capella and Ju­lia Buchanan per­formed “A Thou­sand Years.” Both girls, age 12, are from Centreville.

Maya McGrory, 14, from Centreville, sang, “I Will Al­ways Love You,” and Grace McCreary, 15, from Centreville, sang “Fairy­tale.” Both com­peted in the 14 to 17 cat­e­gory.

The adults, all from Centreville, in­cluded Bruce Dean, per­form­ing “It’s Only Make Be­lieve,” Mandi Lund­strom and her ren­di­tion of “Me and Bobby McGee” and Duan Wright with “I Want to Dance with Some­body.”

Be­fore the judges made their fi­nal an­nounce­ment, they told the con­tes­tants it had been very hard to judge, and for the first time in Centreville Idol his­tory there was a tie.

Sofia, An­to­nia and Grace each took first place in the ju­ve­nile di­vi­sions. Dean and Wright tied for first place in the adult cat­e­gory.

The event was co­or­di­nated again this year by teacher Natasha Wright from Centreville Mid­dle School. She was joined in judg­ing by Am­ber Wright, dance teacher at Kent Is­land High School, and Naryah Miles from Wrap Around Mar yland.

Natasha Wright thanked the con­tes­tants.

“It was a strug­gle to get this put to­gether this year,” she said, “but I think it has been the best [con­test] yet. Thank you all for par­tic­i­pat­ing.”


Centreville Idol win­ners from left, Duan Wright, Bruce Dean, An­to­nia Gon­za­lez, Sophia Sforno and Grace McCreary.

Bruce Dean wins the judges’ hearts and a tie for first place with his coun­try croon­ing.

Centreville Idol con­tes­tant An­to­nia Gon­za­lez im­presses the judges with her a capella per­for­mance from the “Lit­tle Mer­maid” sound­track.

Maya McGrory, 14, from Centreville, per­forms in the Centreville Idol con­test, Satur­day, Oct. 22.

Ju­lia Buchanan sings her ver­sion of “A Thou­sand Years” by Chris­tiana Perri.

Grace McCreary of Centreville per­forms for the judges and au­di­ence at the Centreville Idol con­test.

Mandi Lund­strom belts out the lyrics to “Me and Bobby McGee” for the Centreville Idol con­test.

Duan Wright pleases the crowd with her ren­di­tion of “I Want to Dance with Some­body.”

Sophia Sforno is Centreville Idol 2016’s youngest con­tes­tant.

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